The Vine: May 25, 2012
I'm hoping the Tomato Nation will be able to help me find a book that I read in high school. It was for an English class during my junior or senior year, 1991-1993. We had to pick a book off the shelf and write a paper on it.
The book I picked was about a young girl/woman named Constance whose relationships with the people around her (mother, possible future stepbrothers) were pretty messed up. It was adult fiction with a lot of inappropriate behavior all around. She walked in on or spied on her mother having sex with…someone, and then mimicked part of what she saw with one of two brothers who were vying for her affections. She also involved a small snake in one instance. (How was I allowed to read this in high school?) One of the brothers' name was Nicholas or Nicky.
I want to say there was a flower in the title, dark orchid or lily? Her mother might have been a grifter or a gold-digger. Mind you, this wasn't a book from the school library, but from a shelf of books the teacher had in her classroom.
It's driving me nuts that I can't remember the title, but the book itself sticks out in my mind because I remember my young self being just scandalized about what I was reading. Searches online have come up with nothing. Thanks!
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