Pretty Is As Pretty Does by Alison Clement

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Lucy Fooshee is a fish out of water. Living in a small Midwestern town where behavior is prescribed and expectations limited, this local beauty queen had pinned her hopes on marriage, only to be disappointed.
Pretty Is As Pretty Does is an understated black comedy with an unlikely heroine. Bright, funny, mean, egocentric, and self-deceiving Lucy understands that beneath her town's culture of politeness there is a willingness to do whatever is necessary to maintain the status quo.
 

About Alison Clement

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Alison Clement has been a waitress, bartender, housepainter, and fruit picker. She lives with her partner and their two children in western Oregon, where she is an elementary school librarian.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by MP Publishing Limited. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Everyone except Bob knows about the affair, the scandal heightened by the news that Billy is one quarter “Injun.” After Billy is run out of town (shades of watered-down Tennessee Williams), Lucy discovers she's pregnant, the locals burn crosses on her lawn, and Bob’s family rejects her.

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Though Lucy pays the price for her unconscionable behavior, Clement seems to condone Lucy's actions because she's caught in the grip of passion;

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