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A Life of Bright Ideas

A Life of Bright Ideas Genre: prose
Nine years ago Button and Winnalee began recording observations in their Book of Bright Ideas, a tome they believed would solve the mystery of how to live a mistake-free life. Now its 1970, a time of peace, love, war, and personal heartbreak. Buttons mother is dead and her grieving father has all but abandoned his children. Quiet, thoughtful Button has traded college for a sewing job in her mothers bridal shop to help her Aunt Verdella raise her whirlwind six-year-old brother. In Buttons free time, she writes letters to the boy she loved from afar through high school, hoping he will come to love her as more than a friend.

Then, like that magical Wisconsin summer of 61, Button is greeted with the wild, gusty arrival of Winnalee. Now a beautiful flower child, Winnalee is everything Button is not. Shes been to Woodstock and enjoys free love, but their steadfast bond of friendship is tested as Button begins to notice the cracks in Winnalees carefree façade. And then Winnalees mother arrives with a surprise that Button never sees coming, and the fiery determination to put things right in both families once and for all.

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