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The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel by [Kagen, Lesley]
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From the Editor

There are some novels about growing up and about family that we treasure forever. At the center of The Mutual Admiration Society, a beautiful coming-of-age story, is Tessie, a young girl who is the joy of her neighborhood and the glue that holds her family together. I fell in love with Tessie as she skips through her life with an uncommon mix of fearlessness and tenderness, leaping off of author Lesley Kagen’s luminous pages and right into my heart.

In her close-knit 1950s Wisconsin neighborhood, Tessie is the ultimate caretaker. She keeps an eye—a nosy but loving one—on her neighbors and their mysterious grown-up goings-on, determined to decipher them. Tessie is eternally devoted to her endearing, not-quite-right sister. She struggles to understand her standoffish, always-working mother. And Tessie is truly a daddy’s girl, mesmerized by her rugged father’s charming ways, single-mindedly willful in her quest to hold on to him. When tragedy hits, I felt a fierce desire to protect Tessie from hardships, to hold up the shield of her childhood whimsy in all of its beauty and innocence.

As it often is with tragedy, lightness follows. The lightness Tessie creates is breathtaking. I felt like I wanted to bottle it and carry it with me. Tessie got the best of me and took my heart with her. I’m devoted to her, forever.

- Kelli Martin, Editor

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“Lesley Kagen’s latest gem takes readers on a fabulous adventure to discover whether or not a murder has been committed in the local cemetery. With the hilarious Finley sisters at the helm, nothing can go wrong—or can it? Spunky, fun, and entirely charming. Both a mystery and a coming-of-age story that’s sure to delight!” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don't You Cry

“A captivating tale that is woven together with sharp wit and heartbreaking honesty.” —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Pieces

“With its gloriously quirky kid’s eye view of grief, mental illness, and strange happenings in a nineteen fifties neighborhood, this heart-warming story is sure to delight fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son

“Fact: You will fall in love with eleven-year-old Tessie Finley and her sister Birdie. Proof: Lesley Kagen’s novel The Mutual Admiration Society, where Tessie Finley sets out to solve a mystery in true Nancy Drew fashion. Except Nancy Drew was never this funny, and never pulled at your heartstrings like Lesley Kagen’s characters do. This is a novel you will not want to put down, and Kagen is a master storyteller who will keep you hovering between laughing and crying the whole way.” —Cassie Selleck, bestselling author of The Pecan Man

“Readers are in for a unique treat with Kagen’s latest novel! Part Ramona Quimby, part Harriet the Spy, the Finley sisters have a unique flair all their own. This flair translates into one of the most delightfully quirky investigative teams in recent literature. Eleven-year-old Tessie’s witty narrative voice lilts with both the innocence of a child and the precociousness of a mind older than her years. While the mystery takes center stage at first glance, the heart of this novel is its poignant portrayal of sisterly love.” RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, speaker, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Undertaking of Tess. Her work has been translated into seven languages. A mother of two and grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin. Visit with her on Facebook and at her website, www.lesleykagen.com.


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  • File Size: 3037 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (February 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G50QX2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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