Caroline Leavitt

Cruel Beautiful World

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Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default parent for most of their lives, Charlotte has seen her youth marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.
 
Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, chaos and control, as it explores what happens when you’re responsible for things you cannot make right. 
 
Set against a backdrop of peace, love, and the Manson murders, the novel is a reflection of the era: exuberant, defiant, and precarious all at once. And Caroline Leavitt isat her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.
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    She tried to keep it as spare as possible, but she felt as if she were standing outside herself, listening to this other person explaining something so horrific that it couldn’t possibly be true.
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    “People move on. They change. They go on and make new families.”
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    Lucy knows that anything can happen and age is the hand at your back, giving you an extra push toward the abyss.

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