What’s your favorite quote? Cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead (who was married 4 times) said:
When I finally lost my reputation, I realized what a burden it was.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? My truly favorite place is Home. But I think the most beautiful place in the world is Venice. When I came out of the train station, I had to sit down for a minute because the view stunned me. I took the water taxi to Burano where the women make lace and all the houses are painted primary colors. I also went to Murano.
When I took the water taxi to St. Marks Square and tried to walk back through the tiny alleys, I got lost for a while because there is no point of reference.
What is your favorite food? A juicy hamburger with everything on it. And I like chocolate malts.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I ride a bike. I try to ride 5 miles a day. Sometimes I do more. Sometimes I don’t ride at all. I generally ride to do errands, instead of taking the car. I sometimes ride early in the mornings around the neighborhood.
A few weeks ago I got a flat tire. I ordered an innertube online and it was going to take a few days. I felt panicky, thinking I wouldn’t be able to get to the grocery store – then I remembered, I have a car.
HOW YOU LEAVE TEXAS is a volume of four unique stories about four young women who leave Midland, Austin, Fort Worth and Mayville, Texas for New York, California, Jakarta, and in one instance, jail. These young women seek escape from boredom and sorrow and find it. Told with humor and pathos, here are the synopses:
DAM BROKE – after high school graduation, two quirky best friends reveal big secrets.
“In sixth grade, I abandoned the reading glasses for a blond wig and a fake mole above my top lip. Mickey started wearing sunglasses indoors and carrying business cards.”
CAMILLE’S NET WORTH – on her 40th birthday, Camille’s life falls apart in uncontrolled demolition. Life improves when she gets a job creating art paper and returns to painting. But the plot twists and she ends up in jail, laughing.
“I’m not going to spend much time repeating myself,” Camille said, “I want you to remove whatever you want to keep from this house. You can store your stuff in a rental truck if you need to until you find a new home, but you will be gone from here by midnight and never return.”
“You can’t do that!”
“If you are not gone by midnight, I will set fire to the house.”
KRYSTAL’S WEDDING – Heading for New York, Krystal leaves behind her shoddy family in Midland, Texas. Ill-prepared for the culture shock and expense, she takes a few slippery steps before she finds true independence.
“Krystal’s family wasn’t an American success story. Mom felt like life had cheated her since Daddy never made any real money and spent most nights getting drunk at the Welcome Inn. Erin never finished beauty school and worked at a donut shop. Bethany worked as a bar-back at the Rusty Nail and was turning out like Daddy. Alcoholic, back-slapping, charming. Eddie Garthwaite, owner of Garthwaite Used Cars located on Interstate 20 between Midland and Odessa. Eddie Garthwaite who currently had his driver’s license suspended because of a DUI.”
FRYING YOUR BURGER – Nicky and her friends spend mornings slinging repartee in a coffee shop. While paying a traffic fine, she meets a director and soon finds herself a pawn for two directors trying to ruin each others careers.
“I went into the room marked Cashier and got into a long line. And there he was. Grinning that grin. He should have had a license for it. It was that bright. I stood next to him in my white t-shirt and white pants looking like someone straight out of the ‘hospital orderly fashion catalogue.’ It was all I had clean that day.”
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Genre – Women’s Fiction
Rating – PG13
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