Blake Russell took care of and protected his younger brother Blair. But once they reached high school and began playing football, the ground rules changed. Blake, a senior and team quarterback, moved in different circles with friends who partied, drank, bullied the younger players, and abused the girls they could attract. As the differences between Blake and Blair became more apparent, the discovery of a body in a field north of town sets loose devastating actions that would sever their brotherly bond and divide the Russell family forever.
Inspired in part by a poem written by one of the author’s students, Living with the Hawk is a novel that examines the ways in which teenage drinking, the male bonding of high-school football, bullying, misogyny, and racism can lead to tragedies which affect even well-intentioned people.
“The writing is clear and direct in its effect, and the issues raised about bullying in general and the abuse of women and of aboriginals in particular are dealt with honestly and memorably.”