Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle

By Jill McCorkle

Katie Tennyson Burns is stuck on the degree of lifestyles while every little thing is either really good and poor. She is stuck, to boot, in a fight for her spirit--in a competition among a prim and good mom and a stunning and reckless cousin. A riveting novel concerning the clash among manners and freedom, among those that stay through the principles and those that bend and twist them.

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Now think. ” Mama asked, because nine times out often he did have an answer for what sounded like hypothetical questions. “No, just want you to think,” he said. “To get a feel for the importance of this man. He also invented the gas inhalator. ” My mother leaned forward, waiting impatiently for him to loop back around to his story. ” His fingers traced the checked lines on either side of his plate. “He had to get a white man to sell his invention, but they cut that from the article. ” I asked who she was, and then we were off and running on a brand new tangent.

Mr. Wilkins, who looked just like Jimmy Stewart, slept down in my parents’ room; the youngest boy slept in my room with his brother, John, the older two boys across the hall in the guest room until they took wives and built small houses of their own within sight of the main house. I imagined that the pastel houses just past the field at the edge of our lot were where Luke junior built. I had a clear sharp view of those houses from our sleeping porch, and in the summers I liked to sneak out there and sit on the narrow cot, my knees pulled up under a cotton nightgown.

I just hope that she will live until young Owen graduates from college. Well, I just hope she dies quickly and quietly—at peace. How can you be wishing her dead like that? I for one pray that there will come a cure for cancer. I pray for the doctors in the laboratory. C. I pray they don’t get a divorce even though my cousin says she prays for what is best for the both of them. If his eye had been just on those three striped umbrellas on the Cherry Grove strand, he could not have met their demands, not even to mention those of the rest of the world; this was prime time, a Sunday afternoon, and the thought of having to sort through all those requests made my head spin.

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