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By Paula McLain

"It used to be August. For years it used to be August . . . . there has been warmth like rainy gauze and a excessive, white sky and track coming from far and wide at once." within the lengthy, scorching Illinois summer season of 1973, insecure, motherless Jamie falls less than the damaging 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 whatever and someone to extra her personal ends—and acknowledges, possibly too overdue, her personal complicity within the catastrophe that takes form round them.

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There was a long pause before she said, “No one. ” She laughed a dark, shrill laugh that alluded to a darker private joke, and then began crying softly and steadily, not so much into her end of the receiver as into Raymond’s ear. Whatever distance was between them closed. He could see her as clearly as if he floated just above the phone booth. There was a busy intersection. Cars sped by, their headlights swinging over her backward. Behind the weathered safety glass, her face was pitted with shadows.

I couldn’t help but notice that Fawn had this effect on all males, no matter the species, as if she were a kind of virus, or emitted a signal at a male-specific register. Whatever she had or did, it rendered them all silly and useless before they knew what had hit them. I saw this over and over. When we walked over to the Dippy Quick for soft-serve cones after dinner, a pimpleriddled kid named Dennis never failed to flush wildly under his paper hat and take forever counting back Fawn’s change, only to get it wrong and have to start over.

Every job Suzette had had for the last five years had been in a bar or restaurant. This could be her serving him, this girl with the white miniskirt, 54 PAULA McLAIN freckles on her knees. She could be at the restaurant right next door, balancing platters of fried clams, smiling at strangers, saying You have a good night, now as she took their money. All of Suzette’s friends were waitresses too, summer help, transients, living on their looks. He’d met a few of them and even had some numbers in a little red book he carried in his shirt pocket.

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