By Paula McLain
"It was once August. For years it used to be August . . . . there has been warmth like rainy gauze and a excessive, white sky and song coming from all over the place at once." within the lengthy, scorching Illinois summer season of 1973, insecure, motherless Jamie falls below the harmful spell of her older, extra worldly cousin Fawn, who is come to stick with Jamie and her uncle as penance for committing an "unmentionable act." it's a time of awakenings and corruptions, of tragedy and loss, as Jamie slowly discovers the level to which Fawn will use something and an individual to additional her personal ends—and acknowledges, might be too overdue, her personal complicity within the catastrophe that takes form round them.
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A movie? ” “I am. We definitely want to go. ” A TICKET TO RIDE 47 Raymond dismissed her easily. “The theater’s all the way over on the other side of town. You’d have to take the bus there and back, and I can’t imagine you’d be back before eleven. ” “Eleven is late? In what century? ” “I know exactly how old you are,” he said. He lifted his John Deere cap to scratch lightly under the brim, releasing a curtain of silt from his bangs. ” He went off down the hall to shower then, leaving Fawn no audience but me for her sulking until dinner, when she turned up her nose at Raymond’s meat loaf.
In the window display, a wigged mannequin wore an unspeakably awful yellow pantsuit zippered to the neck. “Yee haw,” said Fawn. To the left of the Dress Corral, wedged between it and a dentist’s office, was a church, of all things, the Cornerstone People’s Church, according to the sign A TICKET TO RIDE 39 front, which had bubble-plump letters, making the Os in particular look like inflatable rubber rafts. ) I stopped to peer in the window, framing my eyes with my hands to shield out the sun. Inside, folding chairs stood in two ordered rows with a large aisle between.
Finally she settled on me. “I know what. ” The good news was I had potential; the bad news was I would have to apply myself. Did I know what that meant? Fawn wanted to know. ” “That’s a start. ” We stood at the mouth of my closet, Fawn flipping through the hangers, rejecting each item with a “No. No. ” It took Fawn about two seconds to declare my closet a disaster area. I would have to borrow her clothes until we could do a proper shopping. That was all there was to it. “You do have a great figure, though,” she said.