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Between heaven and here /

by Straight, Susan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's Books, c2012Description: 234 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781936365753 :; 1936365758.Title notes: $24.00 10-2012 (db)Subject(s): California -- Fiction | Murder -- California -- FictionSummary: "In August in Rio Seco, California, the ground is too hard to bury a body. But Glorette Picard is dead, and across the canal, out in the orange groves, they'll gather shovels and pickaxes and soak the dirt until they can lay her coffin down. First, someone needs to find her son Victor, who memorizes SAT words to avoid the guys selling rock, and someone needs to tell her uncle Enrique, who will be the one to hunt down her killer, and someone needs to brush out her perfect crown of hair and paint her cracked toenails. As the residents of this dry-creek town prepare to bury their own, it becomes clear that Glorette's life and death are deeply entangled with the dark history of the city and the untouchable beauty that, finally, killed her"--P. [4] of cover.
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In August in Rio Seco, California, the ground is too hard to bury a body. But Glorette Picard is dead, and across the canal, out in the orange groves, they'll gather shovels and pickaxes and soak the dirt until they can lay her coffin down. First, someone needs to find her son Victor, who memorizes SAT words to avoid the guys selling rock, and someone needs to tell her uncle Enrique, who will be the one to hunt down her killer, and someone needs to brush out her perfect crown of hair and paint her cracked toenails. As the residents of this dry-creek town prepare to bury their own, it becomes clear that Glorette's life and death are deeply entangled with the dark history of the city and the untouchable beauty that, finally, killed her.<br>

$24.00 10-2012 (db)

"In August in Rio Seco, California, the ground is too hard to bury a body. But Glorette Picard is dead, and across the canal, out in the orange groves, they'll gather shovels and pickaxes and soak the dirt until they can lay her coffin down. First, someone needs to find her son Victor, who memorizes SAT words to avoid the guys selling rock, and someone needs to tell her uncle Enrique, who will be the one to hunt down her killer, and someone needs to brush out her perfect crown of hair and paint her cracked toenails. As the residents of this dry-creek town prepare to bury their own, it becomes clear that Glorette's life and death are deeply entangled with the dark history of the city and the untouchable beauty that, finally, killed her"--P. [4] of cover.

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Who is Glorette Picard? Straight answers this question in the final installment of her "Rio Seco" novels, following A Million Nightingales and Take One Candle Light a Room. The novel begins with the death of the beautiful, drug-addicted Glorette. Former classmate Sidney, who loved her from afar, as many men did, finds her in a shopping cart behind a plaza. Her murder serves as the plot's catalyst, but the beguilement comes from learning about Glorette's family-her son, who struggles to break the bonds of his mother's life, and the uncle willing to kill again to avenge her death-and the family' friends who suffer from their own demons. Straight creates multidimensional characters who are neither villain nor hero. Most interestingly, she tells a story that transcends time, place, class, and race while simultaneously addressing those issues. VERDICT Reminiscent of Ronald M. Gauthier's Crescent City Countdown, this novel will appeal to lovers of suspense and Southern fiction.-Ashanti White, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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