Book Excerpt - Why Can't I Be You by Allie Larkin
Author: Allie LarkinPublisher: Plume
Release date: February 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age Group: Adult
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WHY CAN’T I BE YOU takes its name from a 1987 hit song from English rock band The Cure. All her life, Jenny Shaw toed the line, striving to be the perfect colleague, girlfriend, and daughter – a path that has led her to an unhappy (though successful) career, a failed relationship, and all-but-severed family ties. On her way to the airport for her first business trip, she is unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought she would one day marry. In her haze of shock and confusion, she responds to the wrong name when Myra Aberly, organizer of Seattle ’s Mt. Si class of 1999’s thirteenth high-school reunion, shouts “Jessie!” across the hotel lobby.
In an instant, Jenny Shaw becomes Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. She is immediately embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends – and gains a possible love interest. But when Jenny becomes more and more curious about Jessie’s history, she uncovers a trail of secrets, pain and deceit that inspires her to uncover the truth that will heal her own painful past.
The shuttle to the conference center took about thirty minutes.
There were only two other passengers on board—a couple,
maybe on their honeymoon. They were holding hands and
whispering. I did my best not to watch them, and not to think
I busied myself, pretending to look for something in my
carry-on bag, so I wouldn’t have to exchange pleasantries with
them. Seattle was behind me before I even got a chance to look
at it. The air was thick and gray and made my hair curl up in all
directions, and when I finally did look back, the road behind us
was a faint shadow, like a ghost.
Driving into the mountains made me dizzy. Rochester is as flat
as flat can be, and this landscape seemed impossible in contrast,
like a scene from a movie. The highway was carved into narrow
valleys between hills taller than the fog allowed me to see. The
walls of rock on either side of the road were covered in metal netting
to rein in potential rockslides. In several places rocks had
fallen, and the netting was battered and broken. I started getting
carsick and spent the rest of the ride trying to look out the front
window, focusing on the broken white line on the road ahead of
us and nothing else.
To find out why she doesn’t want to think about Deagan, read WHY CAN’T I BE YOU by Allie Larkin.
About the Author:
Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013). She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.
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