Secret Keepers

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Lusk, Elise
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A loosely connected collection of six inventive tales, Secret Keepers whisks readers to a one-stoplight town in the vast and desolate flatlands of the Texas Panhandle. Here a little girl goes to a branding birthday party and transforms into a branded calf; A sister conjures her missing sibling through an American Girl Doll; The owners of an ultra-viral giraffe ranch abandon the business in the hands of their teenage son while they wine and dine their way through a press tour; A devoted believer wakes the morning after she loses her virginity with a sprawling mark that threatens to reveal her secret. At times speculative, wholly weird, and wildly entertaining, Secret Keepers investigates Southern coming of age from the perspective of a region and people largely unknown.