Huy Le for Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis
This is an excellent family drama/psychological novel. It also demonstrates Lauren B Davis' highly illustrative attention to detail, used especially to good effect in conveying local color. Albert Erksine grew up in the poor and isolated area of North Mountain where he received his share of brutality: incest, sodomy, burns, and lashings. He lives in the small cabin he eventually built on the family compound only so the younger children of the clan now suffering the same fates would have a refuge and perhaps a protector. Meanwhile, he puts the rest of his efforts into not perpetuating tradition by becoming one of "The Others."