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By Katie Crouch

Whilst her free-spirited mom dies in a sad twist of fate, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is pressured to go away her West Coast domestic and circulate in with a prosperous grandmother she's by no means recognized in Savannah, Georgia. through beginning, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League-Savannah's long-standing debutante society. yet white gloves and silk robes are a miles cry from the classic t-shirts and torn denims shorts she's used to.

Alex is the 1st in a long time to question the Magnolia League's intentions, but even she turns into entangled of their seductive global. The contributors get pleasure from adolescence, attractiveness and power...but at what price? As Alex discovers a pact among the Magnolias and the Buzzards, a mythical hoodoo relations, she discovers secrets-some deadly-hidden underneath the modern Southern veneer.

New York Times bestselling writer Katie Crouch's poignant and funny voice shines during this captivating and mysterious tale approximately ladies starting to be up in a mystical Southern urban.

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No one’s on the street below except a curious dog, which stares at me with unmistakable boredom. Okay, I haven’t killed myself—yet. I peer through the window. Bummer. The view is blocked by thick drapes. I press my nose against the glass, but there’s not even a crack in the curtains to peek through. Reaching into my pocket, I pull out the nail file I swiped from my grandmother’s bathroom. Reggie taught all the kids this trick: To break in through a window that’s not bolted, just slip something flat and long in the opening.

It was my first birthday with a boyfriend, and even though I missed my mom more than anything, Reggie made it pretty great. At breakfast, he gave me a big smile and even hugged me in front of everyone. ” he yelled. ” Immediately, the whole place filled with a deafening serenade worthy of a drunken, tone-challenged glee club. Cook made my favorite tofu-sesame scramble, and Wendy gave me a dress she’d tie-dyed especially for me. I tried not to let them see that I was crying again, but I didn’t fool anyone.

It took a couple of days for me to fully comprehend that my mother’s old VW bus went off Orr Springs Road while she was driving back from the hardware store in Ukiah. She had driven away and wasn’t coming back. My mom’s dead. It’s a pretty horrifying thing to have to tell people. And yet I have to say it all the time. When I do, reactions vary. Some people want to give me a hug, which I usually refuse. Other people simply change the subject. I wish there were better words so that I could explain everything about her in a sentence.

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