“You mother fucker! You fucking jigger! I should never have married an African Jew! How many women did you fuck?” echoed through the house when he was a teenager.
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Rory’s step mother never knew the truth about his father. She never knew about the box hidden under the floor boards in the closet Rory had spent a year locked in throughout his childhood.
After the first few times, in the punishment room, Rory started stashing books in the closed and carrying a penlight. By nine Rory knew he would never be a good little boy. He knew he would be a disappointment.