Teen & Young Adult

A Bona Fide Audience

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“I hate one-sided conversations.” Dallas snickers, flinching at the sound of telltale rattling in her hands. She throws a glance around her bedroom. Is this an inappropriate time to laugh? Her Uncle Trevor once said that lonely folks talk to themselves. “I’m not lonely,” Dallas argues with the empty room. “I wish people weren’t dumb.” Dallas, Texas. Where her parents first met. Her father died on an operating table before she was born. Her mother relocated, affectionately calling her daughter “Dal Gal” while the girl was still young enough to crave picture books. Her mother has...

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