Everything you need to understand or teach My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh.
My Sunshine Away is a novel that combines elements of memoir and mystery as it follows the protagonist through his troubled teen years into adulthood. The story is narrated by an unnamed protagonist who confesses that he was a suspect in the rape of his neighborhood friend and first crush, Lindy Simpson. The narrator delves into the backstories and personalities of the suspects and surrounding characters who live on Piney Creek Road rather than take a chronological approach to solving the crime. The novel looks at the impact of adversity on both individuals and their communities and provides hope for triumphing over life's uncontrollable difficulties.