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308 pages, Paperback
First published October 4, 2016
“Your blood is on our hands.”
- One was a married woman who left her husband and young child, the other is a seventeen-year-old girl who is not in a relationship.That is all they have in common – or don’t, as it were – and yet the theme of “I can’t let myself get involved with him because then I will turn into my mother” feels as though it’s mentioned on every other page.
- They look similar to each other and are, of course, related.
Maybe I can find a way to be with Lucas without feeding the part of me that is like my mother. Or maybe that part will grow like a cancer, quietly snagging bits and pieces of my organs, taking me over cell by cell until there’s nothing good left.
The trip was supposed to be great. Mr. Walker practically promised mythical nirvana out here. We'd see mountains and ancient trees and unicorns that come to drink at sunset or some crap. Extremely remote, he said. Personally enlightening, Ms. Brighton added.
They pegged the remote part. We're in Nowhere, West Virginia, where the only thing less common than people is cell phone reception. Of course, we're not remote enough to get me away from the one boy I'm trying desperately to avoid.