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"My grandmother’s estate, which I’d only seen in photos, felt like a place I remembered from some alternate, imaginary childhood. One where I rode horses and went to summer camp. It was the daydream I disappeared into when I needed a break from the endless cycle of highways and new schools and the smell of unfamiliar houses. I’d paste myself into its distant world of fountains and hedges, highballs and a pool so glittering bright you had to squint against it."

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Althea and her mother are staying in a someone else's finely furnished apartment in New York when a letter on distinctive green stationary arrives telling of the death of the protagonist's famous author grandmother. Althea wonders if they will inherit the property. It's hard to blame her for thinking of this given her peripatetic life on the road, but that's the last thing the mother is thinking of. Her mother tells her that now things might change for the better. Now they might finally be free, as if some cursed legally has been hanging over them.

"We stayed in so many places, with so many people, that I never really learned the concept of stranger danger. Which is why, when I was six years old, I got into an old blue Buick with a redheaded man I’d never met and drove with him for fourteen hours straight—plus two stops for bathroom breaks and one for pancakes—before the cops pulled us over, tipped off by a waitress who recognized my description from the radio."

The man had told Althea that he was a friend of her grandmother's and that he would take her to see her, but eventually she figures out that was not the case. Althea's mother told her that her grandmother didn't have any friends, only fans. Eventually, Althea comes to the conclusion that the red-headed...

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