Linda Francis Lee

Carlisle Wainright Cushing, the protagonist of Linda Francis Lee’s The Ex--Debutante, left Texas just as soon as she could. As the novel opens, she’s engaged to be married and happily practicing law in Boston. But after she reluctantly comes home to Texas to take care of her mother’s latest divorce (there have been several), her mother wrangles Cushing into directing the annual debutante ball. Somewhere between filing her mother’s divorce papers and teaching a gaggle of girls how to balance a book on their heads, Cushing runs into an old flame who makes her wonder if she’s marrying the right man. Poor Cushing — she’s in for a hell of a time.

Here are some hints for you wannabe debs: Stay away from the “P” chemicals such as peels, peroxide and polyester, and avoid glitter, tiaras and men with records — either criminal or rap. Get more hints on proper deb decorum from Lee at today’s reading. 7 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675 or visitwww.blue-willow-bookshop.com. Free.
Tue., April 8, 7 p.m., 2008

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