The GrownupBook - 2014
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
"The Grownup," which originally appeared as "What Do You Do?" in George R. R. Martin's Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world's most original and skilled voices in fiction.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some frightening and intense scenes.
Sexual Content: Hand jobs and talk of prostitution.
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She came up here for college, but her daddy got cancer, and the farm got sold, and ends stopped meeting …
But big house in the city, husbands who didn’t beat them and helped with the kids, sometimes with careers but always with book clubs. And still they felt sad. That’s what they always ended up saying: “But I’m just said.” Felling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually.
“… I’m not haunted, I’m just a run-of-the-mill teen sociopath. You pushed me too hard, I killed you. ...”
This tiny teen needed a grown-up to move in the world, and there was nothing a con girl could use more than a great con kid. “What do you do?” people would ask, and I’d say, “I’m a mom.”
But I was either screwed or not screwed, so I chose to believe I wasn’t. … Convincing myself what I was doing was reasonable. Not decent, but reasonable,
"When people ask me that question that everyone asks: What do you do? I'd say, I'm in customer service, which was true. To me that's a nice day's work when you make a lot of people smile. I know that sounds too earnest, but it's true. I mean I would rather be a librarian, but I worry about the job security. Books may be temporary; dicks are forever."
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