aThere could be no doubt left in anyoneas mind that my life had all the makings of a country-and-western song.a The second of seven children (with another on the way), Hallie Palmer has one dream: to make it to Vegas. Normally blessed with an uncanny gift for winning at games of chance, sheas just hit a losing streak. Sheas been kicked out of the casino she frequents during school hours, lost all her money for a car on a bad bet at the track, and has been grounded by her parents. Hallie decides the time as come to cut her losses. Answering an ad in the local paper, she lands a job as yard person at the elegant home of the sixty-ish Mrs. Olivia Stockton, a wonderfully eccentric rebel who scribes acclaimed poetry along with the occasional soft-core porn story. Under the same wild roof is Oliviaas son, Bernard, an antiques dealer and gourmet cook who turns out mouthwatering cuisine and scathing witticisms, and Gil, Bernardas lover, whose down-to-earth sensibilities provide a perfect foil to the Stocktonsa outrageous joie de vivre. Here, in this anything-goes household, Hallie has found a new family. And sheas about to receive the education of her life. From a wonderful new voice in fiction comes the freshest and funniest novel to barrel down the pike since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafAc. In Beginneras Luck, Laura Pedersen introduces us to the endearing oddballs and eccentrics of Cosgrove County, Ohio, who burst to life and steal our heartsaand none more so than Hallie Palmer, sixteen, savvy, and wise beyond her years, a young woman who knows life is a gamble . . . and sometimes you have to bet the house. From the Trade Paperback edition.A Novel Laura Pedersen ... When Ottavio first arrived I just assumed that his English would get better and better. And he does throw ... But he says it in a way that suggests being thought of as weird is not an ideal way to go through life. a Theya#39;reanbsp;...
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