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STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell Kirkus Star

STRINGS ATTACHED

By Judy Blundell

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-22126-9
Publisher: Scholastic

Caught up in dreams of dancing on Broadway, Kit Corrigan unwisely accepts an apartment and a nightclub job from mob lawyer Nate Benedict in exchange for keeping tabs on his son Billy, who’s enlisted in the Army along with Kit’s brother, Jamie. Kit broke off her relationship with Billy after his last jealousy-fueled outburst. Nate starts calling in favors, and Kit becomes entangled in a web of secrets and lies. Like her Aunt Delia before her, she came to New York to escape a suffocating life in Providence and what Jamie calls “the Irish form of advancement—you don’t dare do better than those before you.” Kit’s father had scraped together a living off the novelty of his motherless triplets, the Corrigan Three, in a home with psychic and emotional “undertows, things we didn’t understand, and jokes and stories passing for truth.” Layers of deception are peeled away in a jumbled sequence of events that echoes Kit’s confusion as she discovers the extent of her family’s connection with the Benedicts and realizes that her own actions at the age of 12 set in motion a chain of events that end in murder. National Book Award–winner Blundell (What I Saw and How I Lied, 2008) delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)