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I like reading books about war dogs, shipwrecks, and lady aviators.

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss
Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper
Pretty Baby - Mary Kubica

It's hard not to compare Pretty Baby to its predecessor, Kubica's The Good Girl. Both are slow-burning psychological tales delivered by multiple improbably twined narrators. 

 

Heidi, a social worker with a frosty pre-teen daughter and exasperated husband, puts her charitable nature to work, bringing home a homeless teen and her infant daughter. The present day events are narrated by Heidi and her husband Chris, while homeless teen Willow speaks from a future wherein she is incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility. 

 

The present and future never quite meet, but as they inch ever closer, the story that unfolds is a pretty wild ride, spanning several states and more than one mental breakdown. But the oddest part is how plausible the strange circumstances seem, especially given our cultural reluctance to directly address mental and emotional health.