The Drowning Girls Excerpt

JUNE 19, 2015 5:40 P.M. LIZ   Someone was screaming. For a moment, with the ceiling fan whirring quietly over my head, I allowed myself to believe it was a benign sound—the kids next door on their play structure, maybe, sliding and swinging and climbing, their voices carrying on a breeze. I propped myself up… Read More »

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The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine Excerpt

One The tinkle of an antique servant bell announced my arrival. The shop was so cluttered with priceless art and centuries-old furniture that maneuvering among them was impossible. I stood in place, hoping someone would come to my rescue. Sixty seconds later, she did. I did not hear the opening or closing of a door,… Read More »

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Secrets She Left Behind Excerpt

Andy I sat on Miss Sara’s couch and killed all the mega Warriors. I could usually kill them better, but her TV was way littler than ours and I was sick. That’s why I was in Miss Sara’s trailer. Only I wasn’t supposed to call it a trailer. “It’s a mobile home,” Mom reminded me… Read More »

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Before the Storm Excerpt

Andy When I walked back into my friend Emily's church, I saw the pretty girl right away. She'd smiled and said "hey" to me earlier when we were in the youth building, and I'd been looking for her ever since. Somebody'd pushed all the long church seats out of the way so kids could dance,… Read More »

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