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. Volume XV Number 5. . . .October 24, 2008
Megan Carter's older brother is shot in a bar in the early hours of the morning and dies on the way to the hospital. Even though there are about 50 people in the bar, no one sees or hears anything. The family is torn apart by the unspoken secrets no one is willing to talk about. In the end, the family finds comfort in finally voicing their thoughts and admitting Danny's faults and blame in his own shooting.
Scum is a novel about family relationships and how unspoken secrets can tear a family apart. Megan knows her brother for all he is or was, her father knows Danny's faults, and his mother too is aware of what Danny did to make a living. No one though wants to voice what they know to the other, and they go to extreme lengths to make sure this secret is not found out. It seems that if they admit what it actually means, "Danny was known to the police," they will somehow tarnish Danny's memory and their own reputation. This speaks to what family truly means and the lengths it will go to protect its own. It also shows how family unconditionally love. Scum is what Danny was, and it was his own making. A good read.
Although it seems important throughout the novel to know the identity of Danny's killer, it really is not necessary to the storyline.
Christina Pike is the Principal of St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, NL.
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