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Five Star, Nov 2003, 25.95, 232 pp.
ISBN: 1594140839

When Marie Louise was eight her uncle Rex was incarcerated for manslaughter having murdered her Uncle Royal. When she was thirteen, the family matriarch Grandmere gives her, as the only female of that generation, the Snodgrass Girdle, a chastity belt so she can serve as the sacred “keeper of the seed”. When Marie turned eighteen, someone strangles Aunt Victoria, but no one is convicted of the crime. At twenty, she watches Grandmere suffer an incapacitating stroke.
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As an adult Marie becomes a movie star, while others in her family die including Cousins Edward and Charles. Marie Louise is set to become the family matriarch skipping past her mother and aunts. However, would she use murder to achieve her objective, a lesson she learned at eight years old or is this bad luck as the number of her rivals shrinks?

The plot provides a deep look at a wealthy family who seem like anachronisms in late twentieth century America.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   all of family Crime & Police story    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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