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The End of Ev­ery­thing Me­gan Ab­bott, Pi­cador, $27.99 It’s not the usual sce­nario. Thir­teen-year-old Evie Verver goes miss­ing with all the en­su­ing parental an­guish and me­dia fan­fare, yet her older sis­ter Dusty is more an­noyed than wor­ried and best friend Lizzie is am­biva­lent to say the least. For although the girls have been in­sep­a­ra­ble since child­hood, Lizzie senses Evie was on the cusp of change, con­ceal­ing her feel­ings for the first time and de­vel­op­ing darker de­sires. The award-win­ning au­thor plays with the reader’s sen­si­bil­i­ties in a novel bound to pro­voke de­bate. As Lizzie spends more and more time com­fort­ing her idol, Evie’s fa­ther, and even play­ing de­tec­tive, her nar­ra­tive and rec­ol­lec­tion of past events is un­der­pinned by some dis­turb­ing sex­ual un­der­cur­rents. Shel­ley Or­chard * Me­gan Ab­bott will be a guest at Writ­ers’ Week from March 3-8.

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