Study Guide

The Orange Houses Prelude

By Paul Griffin


  • We start at the very end: James Semprevivo, a.k.a. Jimmy Sixes, is an eighteen-year-old war vet who just left the military.
  • Of course, when we say left,we mean he was kicked out after psychiatrists figured he couldn't do his job any more.
  • All we know is that he's in a cave with his friend Tamika Sykes who is injured; Fatima Espérer is there too.
  • Jimmy writes a poem quietly. An hour later, the vigilantes hang him.