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    Amy & Matthew – Cammie McGovern

    “Amy’s email started in late July and kept coming all summer. Each one made Matthew a little more nervous: To: astheword@gmail.com From: aimhigh@comcast.net Subject: I’m Happy!  I just slipped into my mother’s office to look at the names of my new peer helpers, and I’m so happy! Your name is on the list! I thought maybe I’d scared you by coming right out and asking you to apply. I realize it’s an unusual set-up, but try not to think of it as my parents offering to pay people to be my friend. I know there’s something unsettling and prideless in that.” Amy has difficulties in school. Her adult aides and…

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    Debutantes – Cora Harrison

    “The girl’s face was perfectly framed by the russet beech leaves. The early spring sunlight lit creamy-white skin, a grecian nose, violet-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, and a curtain of shimmering black hair.  The camera clicked and clicked again.”  The four Derrington sister – Violet, Poppy, Daisy and Rose – are used to not having it all. Following the death of their mother, their father left them under the charge of their Great-aunt Lizzie and when he lost a lot of his money in an Indian business venture that went wrong the girls were forced to live a lower class of life than their fathers Earl title suggests. …