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A choir of ill children
Tom Piccirilli
Adult Fiction PICCIRILL

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Summary: This lyrical tale of evil, loss, and redemption is a stunning addition to the Southern gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Harry Crews. A Choir of Ill Children is the startling story of Kingdom Come, a decaying, swamp backwater that draws the lost, ill-fated, and damned. Since his mother's disappearance and his father's suicide, Thomas has cared for his three brothers--conjoined triplets with separate bodies but one shared brain--and the town's only industry, the Mill. Because of his family's prominence, Thomas is feared and respected by the superstitious swamp folk. Granny witches cast hexes while Thomas's childhood sweetheart drifts through his life like a vengeful ghost and his best friend, a reverend suffering from the power of tongues, is overcome with this curse as he tries to warn of impending menace. All Thomas learns is that "the carnival is coming." Torn by responsibility and rage, Thomas must face his tormented past as well as the mysterious forces surging toward the town he loves and despises.


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main characters Thomas
Male
Married
His mother died mysteriously and his father committed suicide.
Mill owner

Maggie
Female
Married
Thomas's wife in a platonic marriage.

Sebastian
Male
Triplet
Thomas's brother; one of three conjoined triplets.

Jonah
Male
Triplet
Thomas's brother; one of three conjoined triplets.

Cole
Male
Triplet
Thomas's brother; one of three conjoined triplets.

Drabs Bibbler
Male
Age: 29
African American
Father of five illegitimate children; cursed with seizures during which he speaks in tongues; Thomas's best friend; in love with Maggie.
Preacher



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