WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
A poignant novel that charms the reader in small town Louisiana, awes the reader with breathtaking sunsets in New Mexico, and brings the reader home to the hills of Kentucky…
“A novel that resonates with the crippling effects of our insecurities, both those we inherit and the ones we create.”
Growing up with a flamboyant mother like Sunny, DESI has learned how to navigate wild mood swings. But when Sunny decides to divorce Desi’s Dad, move to Louisiana and marry another man, Desi is crushed.
ROBIN has lived in the small town of Shady Gully, Louisiana her whole life. All she wants is to be popular. And skinny. When the new girl is introduced in class, Robin hates her on sight.
Yet fate draws these two alienated girls to one another, and together they are a perfect balance of strengths and weaknesses. Desi and Robin become a force strong enough to overcome mean girls, weight hang-ups, self-doubt and difficult family dynamics.
While Desi grows in popularity, Robin is happy to ride her coattails, but after high school Robin sets off in search of wealth and esteem. Desi stays behind, finding comfort in small-town life.
Although their friendship withstands the test of time, deep-rooted anxieties linger, and when a shocking betrayal ignites old insecurities, their friendship begins to unravel.
Just when it seems Desi and Robin have lost everything, the truth brings them full circle … to Desi’s long buried trauma, and to Robin’s doomed and obsessive quest for perfection.
This is the story of two girls molded by their small town and the unintentional brushstrokes, both beautiful and shameful, of the adults in their lives. It’s the paintings they become as they journey into adulthood and the artists they become as they have children … and wield their own brushes.
©2020 by Hallie Lee Books