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By Dianne Warren

In her luminous debut novel, acclaimed author Dianne Warren captures the honesty of the human spirit and the hunt for companionship…

Juliet is a blink-and-you-miss-it form of town—a dusty oasis at the fringe of an unlimited stretch of sand. It’s effortless to think not anything of final result occurs the following, however the hills vibrate with the wealthy tales of its humans: Lee, a rancher afraid to simply accept accountability for the land his adoptive mom and dad left him; Norval, the financial institution supervisor compelled to foreclose on his pals; Willard and Marian, a shy couple past heart age, fumbling with the popularity in their emotions for every different; Vicki, a mom of six suffering to maintain her chaotic loved ones afloat. And someplace, misplaced within the sand, a camel named Antoinette.

Juliet in August unfolds over the process only one evening and day within the lives of its characters. Their tales intersect and overlap because the whole spectrum of human comedy and heartbreak is refracted via their little struggles and deeper matters. With wit, thoughtfulness, and unforgettable characters, Juliet in August confirms Dianne Warren as a strong new expertise.

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There’s anything i must check with you. Mrs. Bulin stands and stretches, giving the effect that she’s been ready awhile. She’s donning pink knee-length shorts and her skinny legs are blue-white, as if they haven’t visible a minute of solar all summer time. She says, “That’s decades to sit down for an previous lady like me. i used to be approximately to go away, yet i may inform from the puppy that it used to be you arising the line. Did you get my message? ” Lee comes to a decision lack of understanding is easy methods to plead. “Sorry,” he says, “I haven’t checked messages all day. ” It’s now not precisely a lie. He wonders what can be so vital that it introduced her out right here. definitely not only an late invoice for his mailbox. that might be past the decision of postal responsibility, even for Mrs. Bulin. “I desired to check with you,” she says. “In deepest, I suggest. no longer within the submit workplace. ” Lee is drained and sore, and he can’t think about an individual that he’d really now not check with greater than Mrs. Bulin right away. He’d prefer to placed the pony in a pen, thank him for the day’s lengthy journey with a funky tub and an excellent brush, then sit down by myself in a single of Astrid’s webbed plastic garden chairs and drink one other beer or two—cold this time—and watch the sundown. He want to be impolite and ship Mrs. Bulin packing, yet he doesn’t since you must be cautious what you assert to a person who day-by-day sees and talks to the complete city. besides, Astrid didn’t approve of rudeness and despatched not anyone packing and not using a reliable cause. He hears her voice: Use humans good. “You’d greater are available, then,” Lee says. “Just permit me positioned this horse away. Wait in the home if you'd like. The door’s open. ” “I may do,” Mrs. Bulin says. “That step was once getting a bit not easy at the at the back of. ” now not anything he desires to take into consideration, Mrs. Bulin’s at the back of, and neither does he are looking to take into consideration her in his apartment, gathering details, sniffing for mildew within the refrigerator, operating her finger over surfaces to examine for dirt. He’ll need to hose the pony down later, he thinks, after Mrs. Bulin is long past, which won’t be lengthy if he might help it. He leads the pony into the pen, and the pony pulls towards the water bucket. Lee gets rid of the saddle and bridle and turns him unfastened. the pony takes a protracted drink after which is going searching for a great position to roll. He snorts and paws on the airborne dirt and dust in a couple of diversified spots, then drops to the floor and stretches and rolls the total size of 1 facet of his physique, flips himself over and does a similar at the different part. He stands and shakes, airborne dirt and dust now covered to his disguise. Even his head is roofed in black dust. He feels like a chimney sweep, Lee thinks, tossing a considerable fork load of hay excessive rail. Then he's taking the saddle and bridle and drops them simply contained in the barn door, saving the cleansing for later. The pad is rainy with sweat, and he hangs it over a stall divider to dry. while Lee will get again to the home he reveals Mrs. Bulin sitting on a kitchen chair. She’s watching the stack of mail at the sideboard; mail, her stock-in-trade. She’s distracted, uncomfortable. She fidgets in her chair. She doesn’t glance as if she’s been snooping round, which surprises Lee.

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