The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me: A Novel

By Suzanne Kingsbury

Abandoned by way of her mom and raised through her whiskey-drinking, gun-shooting father, Haley Ellyson hides explosive secrets and techniques that either empower her and threaten to undermine every little thing she cherishes. Having already damaged the center of each boy in Houser Banks, Mississippi, Haley is engaged in a perilous flirtation along with her father's ally whilst Fletcher Greel, the judge's son, comes domestic for the summer season, clean out of a brand new England prep college. Fletcher's buddy Riley is in love with Crystal, a blues-singing black woman, and Fletcher falls immediately for Haley. The 4 quickly turn into inseparable, yet as summer season wanes, neighborhood disapproval of Riley and Crystal's romance takes violent turns, and Haley's secrets and techniques floor to devastating effects.
A pitch-perfect first novel wealthy with unforgettable characters, enchanting prose, and smoldering sexual stress, The summer time Fletcher Greel enjoyed Me captures the excitement of past love and the implications of uprising in a spot immune to switch.

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I suppose now not, I say. most girls, she says, you won’t even see their faces in that court docket. the true ones, they’re too scared to come back in the following. I fidget with my fingers in my wallet and glance towards the window of the courthouse the place Pops’s place of work is. these girls, she says, flicking her chin to the upstairs court. They don’t even understand what it's to be beat. She increases her head a little bit and appears me up and down. I’m happy you don’t understand that, she says, it makes you great. She places her palms on her wheels in a moved quickly movement and turns herself round.

Did you get your underwear package deal? she asks. convinced, and that i like it. She winks. sturdy. June’s may be the following quickly. whilst the June factor comes, Gwyneth will hand it to me at the sly and i'm allowed to select something, which she orders for me. Then while it will get the following, she leaves the package deal lower than my pillow. We’ve been doing that for a yr now and i've a suite of silk bras with tiny pearls and satin lace-lined panties that hug my stomach. all of the shades are wealthy, even the whites are lush. My package deal got here the day before today and so today,underneath my cotton gown, that is not anything fancy, i'm donning silk panties the colour of pink wine.

She issues to me. This here’s Fletcher, says Riley. He’s a . . . a Methodist. in the event you can’t love a Methodist, who are you able to love? I’m an Episcopalian, yet I determine it’s greater if I retain my mouth close. vast Bertha is sporting a spatula that she waves within the air whereas best us via her backyard, affected by sinks and one bath and a loo with its most sensible ripped off. Riley hangs again with me. They promote used rest room furnishings, he says. when you visit construct a home, you could come the following, get no matter what it really is you wish. an indication leaning opposed to the home readsBig Bertha’s Barbecu, At 4:30 am, We Open R doorways, we don't have any sure Time to shut, The prepare dinner may be completely happy to Serve U.

Out of his wallet he brings 4 wildflowers, a blue jay feather and 2 turquoise rings. He places one of many wildflowers in the back of my ear. I carry the jewelry in my hand and view them. those are appealing, I inform him. the place did you get them? He tells me he bought them from the Creole woman’s store in the back of the courthouse. My epidermis appears tan subsequent to the turquoise. The stones are cool feeling, and the turquoise is what Gwyneth may name crude, with brown traces operating the size of it, and all assorted colors of blue.

He issues out the window, makin definite you weren’t causin no hassle. i'd have come visitin however the witch don’t like me. He grins large sufficient to teach me a black gaping gap the place his tooth’s lacking. I don’t say something. He pulls his mop and bucket in the back of him, crosses the corridor and stands now not ft from me, then leans in so shut i will scent his breath. It’s like a banana passed by. enable me ask you a query, little Greel, he says. He licks his flesh-colored lips. i glance down on the swirls in my espresso and take a look at to maintain my voice regular.

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