Each of these ingenious tales is a gem, sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to listen to Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "one of today's most pleasing storytellers" (San Diego Union-Tribune). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.
"I Love Laura Lippman"
For Kirsten McKenna, the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side. Meanwhile, for Walker Jones, the goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin.
"I thought this book was funny"
It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool....
"Excellent book for white teens and tweens"
In what appears at first to be typical Penthouse Forum fodder, a young man stranded at the airport meets a beautiful older businesswoman. But since this is a Laura Lippman story, nothing is quite what it seems.
In a part of New Orleans off the tourist path, two college-age women go looking for trouble, find it, and become part of local legend in the process.
From their rowhouse south of Pimlico racetrack, middle-schooler Dontay Melville's family does everything they can to make extra money on Preakness Saturday. In this story, Dontay recalls a mysterious female customer that he won't soon forget.
They say golf is a jealous mistress. For two years, Charlie has told his wife, Marla, that he was playing golf while he was actually seeing his mistress, Sylvia. When Marla decides to take up golf as well, Charlie and she rekindle their marriage and Sylvia becomes a mistress more jealous than golf.
A contractor gets hired to gentrify the house that had once been his grandparents'. After beginning an affair with the house's owner, he begins overspending on the job and must find a way to make up the difference.