Turk's older brother; he died in a car accident a few months after he turned sixteen. Though Turk grew up believing that Tanner died in a racially motivated murder at the hands of a black man, he learns as an adult that Tanner was actually high and swerved into the black man's lane of traffic. Tanner's death represents a turning point for the Bauer family, as it instigates Turk's parents' divorce and primes Turk to accept Raine Tesco's invitation into the North American Death Squad a few years later.
Tanner Character Timeline in Small Great Things
The timeline below shows where the character Tanner appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3, Turk
...Power Movement, Turk's mother died. While going through her things, he found the transcripts from Tanner's trial. He read everything and discovered that Tanner had been high, and the black man... (full context)