Chasing Lightning

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Kensington Books, 2003 - Fiction - 439 pages
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Scarlett Faye Turner belongs to a tribe of Southern women who've been undone by love with nothing more to show for it than heartbreak and hard faces -- a fate Scarlett intends to escape. When she isn't mouthing off and shocking everyone in dusty Dillinger, Pennsylvania, Scarlett has her nose buried in a dog-eared book, dreaming of a life far away from Dillinger's abusive men, church-going hypocrites, and its infamous floating bordello...a life where fame and money can keep her safe from the ravages of love. To Scarlett, falling in love is just as crazy as what her neighbor, Twila Wabash does -- chasing after storms, hoping to catch the great, hypnotic flashes of wonder that streak the sky. But when true passion does strike Scarlett in the form of the beautiful, bold Gina Jamison, it knocks her heart sideways and starts her on a journey that will take her across years and through a succession of lovers...from a cloistered Southern women's college to the mystical desert of New Mexico and to the sexual liberation of Paris...from the arms of a woman she can never forget to the depths of her own soul, where truth is waiting to transform her completely.

In this startlingly funny, sensual, and beautifully written debut novel, Rachel York introduces the thoroughly winning, defiant Scarlett Faye -- a woman whose greatest fear is knowing herself -- while exploring the lightning-fast power of love to change us in ways we can never predict.


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