Her entry begins:
Right now, I am actually rereading. Three writer friends of mine recently sent me their finished manuscripts, which were all so great, I decided to go back and reread their last novels, just for the pure pleasure of seeing the progression from one novel to the next. I reread Up From The Blue by Susan Henderson, which is so exquisitely written, so heartbreakingly sad (always a plus in my book) about a young girl’s struggle through her troubled childhood. Next...[read on]About Cruel Beautiful World, from the publisher:
Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default parent for most of their lives, Charlotte has seen her youth marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.Learn more about the book and author at Caroline Leavitt's website and blog.
Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, chaos and control, as it explores what happens when you’re responsible for things you cannot make right.
Set against a backdrop of peace, love, and the Manson murders, the novel is a reflection of the era: exuberant, defiant, and precarious all at once. And Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.
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