The Book of Bright Ideas: A Novel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine when Winnalee Malone and her sister, Freeda, blow into town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.

Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother’s ashes and a tome she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas.” It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. In this summer of dry heat and family upheaval, loyalties will be tested, unlikely alliances formed, and devastating secrets revealed. And when it’s over, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same. 


  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385338163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385338165
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

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