A Ticket to Ride
Author: Paula McLain
Remember that girl? The one who was impossibly cool, who taught you how to blow smoke rings, cut
school, sneak out of the house? Remember how you turned yourself inside out trying to be just like her—
and then she broke your heart?Set in the long, hot summer of 1973, Paula McLain's lyrical debut novel
explores what happens when an insecure, motherless teenager falls under the dangerous spell of "that
girl"—her older cousin Fawn. Fawn's worldly ways are mesmerizing to Jamie, who submits to a
makeover—both inside and out—to win Fawn's approval. But over the course of a summer wrecked with
tragedy and loss, Jamie learns that Fawn will use anything and anyone to further her own motives. When
a local girl goes missing, Jamie realizes how dangerous Fawn truly is, and recognizes, too late, her own
complicity in the disaster that unfolds around them.Paula McLain's poignant debut is a compelling family
portrait that explores the darker sides of love and loyalty.
Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. She has been a resident at
Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and the recipient of fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the Arts. The author of two collections of poetry and a memoir, McLain lives with
her husband and children in Cleveland.