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The Ex-Debutante
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Bestselling author of nineteen novels LINDA FRANCIS LEE is a former Texas Debutante who has high hopes that all photos of the experience are long gone. She currently lives in New York City with her husband where she is at work on her next novel.

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The latest tongue-in-cheek blusher from Lee (after The Devil in the Junior League) finds that coming out in Willow Creek, Tex., society has its snags. At her own debut, Carlisle Wainwright Cushing failed to execute the Texas Dip-"a deep full curtsy where a girl sinks so low that she touches her forehead to her skirt"-properly. Now almost 30 and a successful Boston divorce attorney, Carlisle is summoned home to represent her diva mom Ridgely in her latest divorce. Carlisle is also asked to rescue the troubled Hundredth Annual Willow Creek Symphony Association Debutante Ball, and to teach seven iffy debs-to-be the Texas Dip. But the attorney representing her mother's soon-to-be-ex is Carlisle's old heart-throb, the former bad boy Jack Blair-who is the brother of the ultra rich Hunter Blair, and father to India, a spoiled deb-to-be. Can Carlisle deal with all the challenges while allowing her renewed feelings for Jack to "come out"? Lee depicts Carlisle and the antiquated debutante tradition with equal parts chagrin and tenderness. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Another doubting debutante (see Katie Crouch's Girls in Trucks), New York lawyer Carlisle must run home to Texas to save friends, family, and the debutante ball. With a national tour; reader's guide. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for THE EX-DEBUTANTE by Linda Francis Lee


"Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection. The Ex-Debutante battles the impossible need to both leave home and return home--and in the process she teaches us something about the grace of looking beyond image and embracing the messy imperfections of love, family and home." -Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of "Between the Tides"


"I adored "The Ex-Debutante" and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun--and the story was completely compelling." -Beth Harbison, bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous"


""The Ex-Debutante" is fun, witty and totally "fabulous,"" -Rachel Gibson, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "Tangled Up in You"
Praise for "The Devil in the Junior League" "Not even the requisite happy ending can blunt Lee's deliciously sharp jabs at Texas blue bloods." -"Entertainment Weekly" (Grade: A-) "Lee's details about how the blue-blood women dress, talk, decorate, entertain and conduct themselves...keep the pages turning." -"USA Today""" "Wickedly funny." -"Booklist"


"I adored "The Ex-Debutante" and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun--and the story was completely compelling."
-Beth Harbison, bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous
"""The Ex-Debutante "is fun, witty and totally fabulous."
-Rachel Gibson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Tangled Up in You
""Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides. This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page."
-Saira Rao, author of "The Chambermaid
""Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection."
-Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of "Between the Tides""Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn't." -"Booklist
""Carlisle's trials--in the courtroom and out--teach her to appreciate her family and her community." -"Kirkus""
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"Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn't." -"Booklist
""Carlisle's trials-in the courtroom and out-teach her to appreciate her family and her community." -"Kirkus""
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"I adored "The Ex-Debutante" and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun-and the story was completely compelling."
-Beth Harbison, bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous
"""The Ex-Debutante "is fun, witty and totally fabulous."
-Rachel Gibson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Tangled Up in You
""Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides. This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page.̶


"Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn't." -"Booklist
""Carlisle's trials--in the courtroom and out--teach her to appreciate her family and her community." -"Kirkus""
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"I adored "The Ex-Debutante" and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun--and the story was completely compelling."
-Beth Harbison, bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous
"""The Ex-Debutante "is fun, witty and totally fabulous."
-Rachel Gibson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Tangled Up in You
""Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides. This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page."
-Saira Rao, author of "The Chambermaid
""Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection."
-Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of "Between the Tides""
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Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn't. "Booklist"

Carlisle s trials in the courtroom and out teach her to appreciate her family and her community. "Kirkus"

I adored The Ex-Debutante and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun-and the story was completely compelling. Beth Harbison, bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous

"The Ex-Debutante "is fun, witty and totally fabulous. Rachel Gibson, New York Times bestselling author of Tangled Up in You

Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides. This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page. Saira Rao, author of The Chambermaid

Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection. Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Between the Tides"


"Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn't." --Booklist

"Carlisle's trials--in the courtroom and out--teach her to appreciate her family and her community." --Kirkus

"I adored The Ex-Debutante and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting. Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun-and the story was completely compelling." --Beth Harbison, bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous

"The Ex-Debutante is fun, witty and totally fabulous." --Rachel Gibson, New York Times bestselling author of Tangled Up in You

"Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides. This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page." --Saira Rao, author of The Chambermaid

"Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection." --Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Between the Tides

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