An amazingly beautifully written story, language was perfect.  With each sentence, one could feel as if one was living right there in this impoverished Colorada fictionalized town.  The story is sparse with characters but they are vividly portrayed.  However, the story itself is mysterious and hard to understand. Gordon and Leigh, two sweethearts, are looking forward to escaping Lions, going to college and starting a new life.  However, Gordon’s Dad dies suddenly, leaving Gordon with mixed emotions.  What happens is in itself, myserious.  In a word, a MYSTERIOUS novel.