Try to imagine not even knowing how to fall, because a hand was always, always there to catch you.
How does someone, excluded from the only community he or she has ever known, go on living? Harvard student Jeremy Stull lives with a devout Amish family to observe their faith and their strict shunning of those who breach it. He befriends Beulah - a banished Amish woman - but comes no closer to understanding her predicament than he is to fathoming his own bitter exile.
For Jeremy, community means Ironwood, a summer camp in the Vermont woods. First as a camper, then as assistant director, Jeremy has found in Ironwood's rituals a sturdy foundation for his life. But when he is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a fourteen-year-old boy from Manhattan, all arms and legs and attitude, Jeremy must confront both his own confusing desires and a legacy of disturbing secrets at his beloved Ironwood.
Original title: Avoidance
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male