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Star Magnolia: Chapter 2

"The wet Louisiana heat kicked her in the face the second she stepped onto the rolling stairs. The tarmac was misted with early-morning damp, the smell of diesel and oil mingling with the remains of the escaping storm she’d clearly slept through. Or not slept through, as the case may be. To all around her, she was just enjoying a drug-laden nap; but inside her bone closet of a mind, she was once again traveling through her past, dreaming of a time and people she thought she’d left far behind." [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-2.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 2"]

Star Magnolia: Chapter 3

"She pulls at the gate again, as if this will help somehow. A flame of white heat blooms behind her eyes and suddenly she is pushing through the gate, a parasol in one hand, a rough gentleman’s hand in the other. Her mind’s eye flickers and an ancient film reel of the house unspools before her, springy green ferns appearing around every corner of the balconies, flower boxes dotting the rails. The thick scents of jasmine, gardenia and magnolia snake around her ankles, crawling up her skirts, pushing into her neck." [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-3.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 3"]

Star Magnolia: Chapter 4

“Are you kidding me? I mean, are you ever-loving fuckity fucking kidding me?” She leaned forward and jerked a finger at him. “Look, you. I don’t care what history you have with my grandmother, I don’t care what the hell she’s put into that piece of paper there, I don’t give a good goddamn what she told you she wants me to do, not doing it. I’m not. I’m getting out of here. That woman can fucking rot for all I care.” [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-4.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 4"]

Star Magnolia: Chapter 5

"Her father had smelled like that. Like cotton and smoke. But it shifted in the seasons and she could never figure out why or how it did. In the fall and winter, he’d trail a lingering cloud of wool, leather and wood smoke; come spring, it would become cotton, vetiver and tobacco; summertime was river mud and rain breezes with an undercurrent of oil, likely the byproduct of his occasional forays into the oil fields and derricks that were part of his job as head of his family’s oil business." [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-5.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 5"]

Star Magnolia: Chapter 6

"But the effect on her was the same as if it had been one of her extra-special dreams. She was left spent and exhausted, burnt to a crisp, the pain and sadness she’d felt at the loss of her father now spinning through her veins as if she’d been given a lethal injection of the past." [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-6.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 6"]

Star Magnolia: Chapter 7

"And I’m sorry we took that away from you all those years ago. We thought we were doing the right thing, bébé. Trust me. We thought we were doing right by you. You were so powerful, so terrifying. And so terrified. We thought we had to protect you — from yourself and others. So we threw our protective dome over you, sent you away, kept you in the dark." [pdf-embedder url="http://www.ehdailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Star-Magnolia-Chapter-7.pdf" title="Star Magnolia - Chapter 7"]