Split by Swati Avasthi
About: Frustration is the emotion most prevalent in this novel about escaping the ravages of domestic violence—if that is even possible. After trying to prevent his father from beating his mother further, 16-year-old Jace is kicked out of his Chicago home. He arrives, swollen and bloody, at the doorstep of his brother in Albuquerque. It’s been five years since 22-year-old Christian fled the violent home front himself, and the brothers’ reunion is defined by awkward negotiations of acceptance and suspicion. With ground rules set, Jace is allowed to stay and resume school, but the specter of their father continues to haunt them—as does the chilling uncertainty of what may be happening to their mother in their absence. (from amazon.com)
I'm usually not a big reader of the more tragic, emotional novels (I think they just make me too sad), but this particular one sounds very interesting. I've had it on my 'To Read' book list for a while and need to push it to the top of the list.