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By Paula McLain

ISBN-10: 0061870331

ISBN-13: 9780061870330

"It was once August. For years it was once August . . . . there has been warmth like rainy gauze and a excessive, white sky and song coming from all over at once."

In the lengthy, scorching Illinois summer time of 1973, insecure, motherless Jamie falls lower than the harmful spell of her older, extra worldly cousin Fawn, who's 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 additional her personal ends--and acknowledges, probably too overdue, her personal complicity within the catastrophe that takes form round them.

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Francises; St. Gabriels Archangel minus their pointing finger; maimed and crippled St. Anthonys of Padua; Virgins of Mount Carmel, of Perpetual Help, or of Lourdes, with their robes faded and their distin­ guishing features blurred; Holy Infants of Prague with neither crown nor hand holding up the globe, the feigned elegance of their ermines and the pretense of their painted plaster jewelry faded by sun and rain; saints with faces all gone; a monster with his arms girdling the world under a pair of feet that Brigida said she'd keep because they were part of a Virgin .

At one in the morning, a farmhand banged on the cacique's door: "Master, master, the yellow bitch and the chonch6n are roaming around out there . . And he got out of sight before the cacique, brandishing his whip and dressed in his nightshirt and his poncho, could come to the door and shout at his sons, at everybody, to get to and get dressed, to get a mave on, to saddle the horses and be off . . the ten men left a swirl of dust behind them in the dark as they galloped across the fields, asking questions, looking everywhere, listening, trying not to lose the chonch6n and the bitch dog and this unique chance to uncover the truth.

Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills. It was they who were to blame for everything, for the girl was a witch and so was the nursemaid, who taught her these arts too, as feminine and timeless as the more innocent ones of preparing sweets and running the house.

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