Mimicing the lyricism contemporary fiction readers have grown to love in the works of Alice Seabold and David Guterson, MAX AND MENNA is the story of two siblings surviving a deplorable home life in the South. Telling the story from each of their viewpoints, Max and Menna outline their reliance on each other and on Nick, their only friend, as they cope with growing up in poverty, living with an alcoholic mother, and having no indication of the other half of their parentage. Life changes for Max and Menna when with the advent of Nick, a Native American, and the story continues to take place during their summer vacations progressively through high school. Max, quiet and introspective, struggles to understand how to be the only man in the house and protect a family that seems determined to destroy itself. Menna is quick-tempered and vivacious, and grows to love and view Nick as a method of ...