Durable Goods (Katie Nash #1)

Durable Goods (Katie Nash #1)
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April 19, 1996
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On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distant, often violent father. While Diane escapes into the arms of her boyfriend, Katie hides in her room or escapes to her best friend’s house—until Katie’s admiration for her strong-willed sister leads her on an adventure that transforms her life.

Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderful—and wounding—a deeper understanding of life can be.

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The story begins with Katie Nash hiding under her bed to avoid a beating when the toilet overflows. It is Katie's fault, but she allows her eighteen-year old sister, Diane, to take the brunt of their father's wrath. The girls live alone with their father on an Army base; it hasn't been long since their mother died of cancer. The stage is set for a battle of wills. Diane is ready to leave the nest, finding no comfort in their home but reluctant to abandon her younger sister. Diane and her boyfriend later try to leave with Katie to Mexico, but Katie is forced with the decision to stay with her abusive dad or to leave with her sister.

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