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The Grace Year - by Kim Liggett

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. Itís forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. Thatís why theyíre banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life―a society that doesnít pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that itís not just the brutal elements they must fear. Itís not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism,†The Grace Year†examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.