When Rox asks about the mother who left when she was three months old, her grandmother Mimi insists, "The three of us together -- you, John Martin, and me -- are family enough for anyone." A larger-than-life grandmother and a 23-year-old cousin are almost enough, especially when Rox adds her unofficial family: Danny Swain the Tire King, Spice Marie, Miss Louise, and the other vendors at the local flea market where she and Mimi spend their weekends. Still, Rox sometimes wonders, what happened to her mother? Why won't Mimi talk about her? But most of the time Rox has more immediate things on her mind. School is a torture. At best a so-so student, she hides out at the back of the classroom with the other "lard bricks" and waits for the weekend to take her back to the flea market. The balance of Rox's world is upset when her cousin brings home a new girlfriend. Like the tornado that hits the flea market, Lucy shakes everything up, forcing Rox to see herself with new eyes. It is Lucy's snooping that uncovers the diary that may answer all the questions Mimi won't. To meet the mother she's never known, all Rox has to do is read it.
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