That's Gotta Burn

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Any story that starts with a funeral has got to get better, right? Well, this excerpt starts with a death and ends with a pratfall worthy of a Loony Tunes cartoon. Lari Ramires’s impetuous temper has caused an accident that in all likelihood will deepen the feud between her family and the Molines across the street.

Combing pathos, sorrow, humor, ire and a generations-long clash between rivals, this story starts slow but gradually builds up steam like food in a pressure cooker. Whether your mouth is watering at all the dishes described here or you’re cringing at one girl’s ineptitude in the kitchen, these opening chapters tug at your heartstrings in all the right ways.