Trinity Reed is a symbol for Reedsville, Ohio - a small midwestern town of no more than 300 people on the Ohio river, bordering West Virginia.  Being raised by her grandparents in a family whose roots in the town date back to the Civil War, Trinity Reed (13) is surrounded by a brother and male cousins her age in a place that is deep in hunting and wilderness with little female influence aside from her grandmother, Sue, and occasionally a visiting older cousin.  This geographic area is a symbol of many issues in American society; joblessness and poverty, farmland bought out by corporate gravel companies, bordering ex-coal towns, drug and health epidemics, trends of grandparents raising children, political underrepresentation, and much more.  While many aspects of the small one-street town turn to a sense of declining hope for the future, the Reed family and their neighbors here are brought up strong in values of faith and community.  Trinity, at age 13, has already experienced a multitude of harsh realities but remains a gentle soul, driven by the innocence of youth and the support of her community.  She is a product of her town and her town is a product of our society.    

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