Part 1* The story opens abruptly with the announcement that Jack Hawthorne runs over his younger brother with a tractor and kills him. * Jack says the accident would have been avoided if he had put on the brakes. * Jack sits frozen and watches as the piece of equipment runs over his brother. * Jack is 12 at the time of the accident; his brother David is 7; his sister Phoebe, who witnessed the accident, is 5. * Dale Hawthorne, Jack's father, is broken-hearted over his son's death. * Despite blaming God for his son's death, he also blames Jack. * Dale begins smoking and taking long rides on his motorcycle. * He contemplates suicide but decides against it because of what it would do to his wife and children. * Dale Hawthorne begins having affairs with local women and stays away from the farm. * Betty Hawthorne holds her family together and does not outwardly show her grief. * She...
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