The Child (2007) Sarah Shulman
Stew, a lonely fifteen-year-old boy, looks for and finds an adult boyfriend online. In short order his lover is arrested in an Internet pedophilia sting and Stew’s world is turned upside down. He’s exposed to his family and community, leaving the outcast to fend for himself against forces intent on his destruction. Desperate and enraged, the confused Stew murders his nephew in a panic. Schulman’s novel considers the impact of these events on all those involved — from the parents of the murdered child, to Stew’s staunchly Catholic parents, and the attorneys working on his case.