R is for Ran

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R is for Ran

Louise spent the days that followed packing the contents of the house in her paid-for boxes. She carefully wrapped every piece of china in newspaper—not single sheets, but layer after layer. For a single teapot she used the entire Sunday Review section, and a chipped candlestick took nine pages of stock market news. She crumpled the Parade section page by page and used it as extra padding along the sides, top, and bottom of each layer.

Nothing was left behind: not the cups with broken handles, not the single saltshaker that years earlier lost its pepper mill, not even a half-empty box of laundry detergent. When she ran out of newspaper, she gathered the bath towels and wound them around platters and soup tureens. Once the towels were gone, she turned to sheets and pillowcases. After that she used the remainder of Clay’s tee shirts to wrap a photo album filled with long-forgotten faces. Before she was finished the stack of cartons had begun to smell of dampness, because of the tears dropped in alongside her belongings.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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