A Life of Bright Ideas: A Novel

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Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2012 - Fiction - 438 pages
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A secret tore best friends Evelyn "Button" Peters and Winnalee Malone apart. Now, nearly a decade later, a secret brings them back together.
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 it's 1970, a time of peace, love, war, and personal heartbreak. Button's 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 mother's bridal shop to help her Aunt Verdella raise her whirlwind six-year-old brother. In Button's 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. She's been to Woodstock and enjoys "free love," but their steadfast bond of friendship is tested as Button begins to notice the cracks in Winnalee's carefree façade. And then Winnalee's 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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User Review  - nightprose - LibraryThing

In 1961, Button and Winnalee became best friends. Two very different little girls, they were drawn together by life's circumstances. Opposites attracting, they complimented each other. Together they ... Read full review

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User Review  - 2LZ - LibraryThing

A Life of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring is the continuing story of the friendship between quiet, responsibile, anxious Evey (Button) and whimsical, unconventional, outspoken, bohemian, Winnalee. After ... Read full review

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Sandra Kring lives in Wisconsin. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a BookSense Notable Pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award nominee. The Book of Bright Ideas was named to the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list in 2007. Visit her on the Web at www.sandrakring.com.

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