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  • ISBN: 0553378228
  • Bantam, 1996 and 1997


Beginning in 1980, Touched is told in four first-person voices recounting one story in sequence. 

The first part of the story is told by 33-year-old Linda Young, and covers the day her 12-year-old Robbie announces that a neighbor man has been 'touching him'; the next part is told by Jerry Houseman, the neighbor, and covers the following week, including his arrest; the third part is told by Jerry’s wife, Jeanette, and covers the next several months, including the trial and sentencing; and the last part is told by Robbie himself, 15 years later at age 27, when he returns to town for a high school reunion and is brought face-to-face with his past.

Selected for Barnes & Noble's 'Discover Great New Writers' program in 1996. Adapted for the stage in 2003 by Kirk Fuoss, Head of the Theater Department, St. Lawrence University.