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Fleur De Leigh's Life of Crime

Fleur De Leigh's Life of Crime

A Novel

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Tucked away in her parents' lavish Beverly Hills mansion, young Fleur de Leigh has all the benefits of a privileged and glamorous upbringing. Or so she is frequently told. Fleur's mother, a flamboyant, ambitious B-movie actress and eponymous star of The Charmian Leigh Radio Mystery Half-Hour, and her aloof father, currently reduced to producing the TV game show Sink or Get Rich, casually entrust their daughter's welfare to a procession of nannies, cooks, and character actors. Surrounded by falsies, false eyelashes, and lust for fame, Fleur seeks to learn from her eccentric caretakers the difference between genuine love and its many imitations.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439130605 | 
  • September 2010
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Chapter I:
Glendora
3/17/57?6/12/57

We'd been studying Bedouins in my fifth-grade class, how they carried only what they needed or loved on the backs of ornery camels, and how other, territorial groups kept them hopping. In my experience nannies were far more nomadic. They had time at our house to knit just one argyle sock, complete just one jigsaw puzzle, or paint (by numbers) just one seascape before my mother made them repack their belongings and move on.
I therefore paid little attention when prospective nannies came for interviews, but I can still remember my mother's words after her first encounter with Glendora. "She could play... see more

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