From the publisher:
From award-winning writer Billie Livingston, an unsparing novel of
loyalty and survival that is fierce, sharp and funny even when it's
breaking your heart.
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old
Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she
finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously
wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic
depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death--a goal
Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of
this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.
her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home
of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and
each other--and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to
Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is
torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was
named for and her desire for the "weird, spearmint-fresh feeling" of
life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that
where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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