Smithereens

Smithereens

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by Susan Taylor Chehak
     
 

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This compelling novel, set once again in the heartland of America, pairs two unlikely friends in a dark tale of seduction and murder. It is May Caldwell's sixteenth summer, and life couldn't be more dull in Linwood, Iowa. Vaguely suicidal and haunted by half-remembered scenes from her early childhood, May is a girl waiting for her life to happen. And happen it does

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This compelling novel, set once again in the heartland of America, pairs two unlikely friends in a dark tale of seduction and murder. It is May Caldwell's sixteenth summer, and life couldn't be more dull in Linwood, Iowa. Vaguely suicidal and haunted by half-remembered scenes from her early childhood, May is a girl waiting for her life to happen. And happen it does with the unexpected arrival of Frances Anne Crane, a.k.a. Frankie, a girl with too much past and nothing to lose. Together they seduce an older man as Frankie awakens all that May has been holding inside: the mystery of her uncle Brodie's illicit past, the painful truth of her grandparents' slow dissolutions, and her own emerging sexuality. Where Frankie leads, May follows, and what's left is a murder no one can pin, a family's buried past resurfaced in a wild night of mayhem, and May's safe world blown to smithereens in this unforgettable tale of betrayal and desire.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in small-town Iowa, Chehak's novel concerns an intense and ultimately dangerous bond between two teenage girls. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032870104
Publisher:
Foreverland Press
Publication date:
10/21/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
356 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and Harmony. Her most recent publications include a collection of short stories, It's not About the Dog; a new novel, The Minor Apocalypse of Meena Krejci; and a work of nonfiction, What Happened to Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime. Susan has taught fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the University of Southern California, and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spent many years in Los Angeles, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls Colorado her home.

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Smithereens 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed reading this book.It beautifully written and very captivating, i couldnt put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tale of a boring girl in a boring town, could really only be described as boring. Every time it seems the story is going to pick up, it skews in some direction and the scene becomes insignificant to what, in the end seemed like a nonexistent plot.