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Y is for yesterday The TheftJanuary Iris Stood At The Counter In The School Office, Detention Slip In Hand, Anticipating A Hand Smack From Mr Lucas, The Vice Principal Shed Already Seen Him Twice Since Her Enrollment At Climping Academy The Previous Fall The First Time, Shed Been Turned In For Cutting PE The Second Time, Shed Been Reported For Smoking Outside Study Hall Shed Been Advised There Was A Smoking Area Set Aside Specifically For Students, Which She Argued Was On The Far Side Of Campus And Impossible To Get To Between Classes That Fell On Deaf Ears This Was Now Early January And Shed Been Reported For Violating The Schools Dress CodeShe Was Willing To Admit That Detention Slips Were A Poor Means Of Establishing Her Place In A New School The Younger Students Wore Uniforms, But In The Upper Grades, Clothing Was At The Discretion Of The Individual Student As Long As The Overall Look Was Considered Within Bounds The Way Iris Read Itno Skirts Or Dresses With Hemlines Above The Knee, No Tank Tops, No Shorts, No T Shirts With Slogans, No Underwear Showing, And No Flip Flops Or Doc Martens As Far As She Was Concerned, She Was Playing By The Rules Shed Assumed She Could Wear Anything She Pleased, Within Reason, Of Course Climp Had A Different Point Of View In The Minds Of The School Administrators, Clothing Was Meant To Show Modesty, Respect, Conservatism, And Seriousness Of PurposeHer Choice That Morning Had Been An Ankle Length Claret Colored Velvet Dress With A Ruffled Collar, Long Sleeves, Black Tights, And High Top Red Tennis Shoes Her Hair Was Long And Thick, A Color That Fell Somewhere Between Auburn And Flame Red Thanks To A Mixture Of Boxed Dyes Two Big Silver Barrettes Held The Mass Away From Her Face On Each Wrist She Wore A Wide Leather Cuff, Studded With Brass And Silver Nail Heads As It Turned Out, All Of This Was A Great Big No No Well, ShitThe School Secretary, Mrs Malcolm, Acknowledged Iriss Presence With A Nod, But Clearly The Woman Didnt Intend To Interrupt Her Work Over The Antics Of A Problematic Ninth Grader She Was Busy Distributing Mail To Various Teachers Cubbyholes A Student Volunteer, Poppy, Was Stapling Together Packets Of Some Sort Iris Was A Freshman At Climping Academy, The Santa Teresa Private School Located In HortonRavine, Which Was So La Di Da, It Totally Freaked Her Out She Was Only At Climp Because Her Father Had Been Hired To Teach Advanced Placement Math And To Coach Field Hockey The Tuition Was Twenty Thousand Dollars A Year, Which Her Parents Could Never Have Afforded If Not For Her Fathers Job, Which Allowed Climp To Waive The Cost Of EnrollmentThe Last High School Shed Attended Was In A Mixed Neighborhood In Detroit, Which Was To Say, Drugs, Thugs, And Vandalism, Some Of Which Iris Had Generated Herself When The Mood Struck Her Shed Been Uprooted From Michigan And Plunked Down On The West Coast Despite Her Protests California Was A Bust She Expected Surfers, Dopers, And Free Spirits, But It Was All The Same Old Shit As Far As She Could Tell Climping Academy Was Beyond Belief Enrollment From Kindergarten To Twelfth Grade Was Three Hundred Students Total, With A Pupil To Teacher Ratio Of Nine To One Expectations Were High And Most Of The Students Rose To The Occasion And Why Would They Not These Were All Rich Kids, Whose Mommies And Daddies Gave Them The Best Of Everything Trips Abroad, Unlimited Clothing Budgets, Private Tennis And Fencing Lessons, And Weekly Visits With A Shrinkthe Latter Just In Case Some Boob Was Gifted With A Brand New VW Instead Of The BMW He Had His Heart Set On Big Boo Fucking Hoo Her Parents Often Expressed Doubts About Her Private School Attendance, Citing The Pressure To Conform And The Dangers Of Materialism Her Parents Fancied Themselves BohemiansOne Look At Her Outfit And Her Homeroom Teacher, Mrs Rubio, Had Informed Her Shed Have To Go Home And Change, And When She Told Mrs Rubio She Had No Transportation, The Woman Had Suggested She Take A Bus Like, Huh Iris Didnt Know Anything About Bus Schedules, So What Was She Supposed To Do Unlike Most Of The Other Students, She Didnt Live In Snooty Old Horton Ravine Moving From Michigan To California Had Been A Shock, The Sticker Prices For Homes Being Exorbitant Her Parents Had Purchased A Shabby Rambling House On The Upper East Side With A Mortgage That Would Keep Them Enslaved For Life How Bohemian Was That Iris Was An Only Child Her Parents Hadnever Wanted Children In The First Place, A Sentiment They Were Happyto Remind Her Of At The Drop Of A Hat Her Mother, At The Age Of Twenty Five, Went In To Have Her Tubes Tied Against Medical Advice, And Discovered She Was Pregnant Husband And Wife Had Agonized Over Whether To Terminate, And In The End They Decided It Was Acceptable To Have One Child Often In Iriss Hearing, They Congratulated Themselves On Their Parenting Style, Which Consisted Largely Of Instilling Independence In The Girl, Meaning An Ability To Entertain Herself And Demand Precious LittleHer Mother Had A Degree In Political Science And Was Currently Teaching Part Time At Santa Teresa City College She Also Volunteered Two Afternoons A Week At An Abortion Clinic, Where She Felt It Was Incumbent On Her To Champion Reproductive Rights, Womens Control Over Their Own Bodies, And The Advisability Of Women Keeping Their Options Open Instead Of Burdening Themselves With Unwanted OffspringMeanwhile, Having Witnessed The Sophistication Of Horton Ravine, Iris Was Embarrassed By The Way She Was Forced To Live On The Home Front, Her Parents Favored Clutter And Disarrayimagining Perhaps That Untidiness And Intellectual Superiority Walked Hand In Hand Iris Couldnt Remember The Last Time The Three Of Them Sat Down To A Meal Dishes Were Left In The Sink Since Neither Her Mother Nor Father Could Be Bothered With Such Things Dusting And Vacuuming Were Too Mundane To Address Laundry Went Undone If One Of Them Broke Down And Actually Washed And Dried A Load, It Was Left In A Pile On The Living Room Sofa To Be Reclaimed As Needed Iris Did Her Own Her Parents Believed It Was Exploitative Of The Lower Classes To Hire Household Help, So Those Chores Were Best Left A Begging They Were Also Committed To The Notion Of Equality Between The Sexes, Which Spawned An Unspoken Competition To See Who Could Force The Other To Knuckle Under And Pick Up The Slack Iriss Bedroom Was The Only Orderly Room In The House And She Spent Most Of Her Free Time There Isolated From The ChaosMr Lucas Appeared In The Doorway To His Office Indicating That She Should Come In He Was A Good Looking Man, Low Key, Relaxed, And Competent His Hair Was The Color Of California Beach Sand, His Face Nicely Creased He Was Tall And Trim, Given To Cashmere Vests And Dress Shirts With The Sleeves Rolled Up He Tossed A File On His Desk And Took A Seat, Lacing His Fingers Above His Head Mrs Rubio Has Lodged An Objection To Your Outfit, He Remarked You Look Like Youre On Your Way To The Renaissance FaireWhatever That Is, She SaidThis Is The Third Detention Youve Been Cited For Since You Arrived I Dont Understand This Pattern Of DefianceWhy Is It A Pattern When Ive Only Done Two Things Wrong Counting Today, That Makes Three Youre Here To Learn, Not To Do Battle With School Authorities Im Not Sure You Appreciate The Opportunity Youve Been GivenI Dont Give A Shit About That, She Said All My Friends Are Back In Detroit With All Due Respect, Mr Lucas, Climping Academy SucksShe Saw That Mr Lucas Was Prepared To Ignore Her Bad Language, Probably Thinking The Issue Of Trash Talk Was Not What Was At Stake I Went Back And Looked At Your Records At Your Last School, You Did Good Work Here Youve Set Yourself On A Collision Course You Miss Your Friends I Get That Im Also Aware California Isnt An Easy Place To Live If Youre Accustomed To The Midwest, But You Keep On Acting Out, Youre Only Hurting Yourself Does That Make Sense To You So Whats The Deal Three Demerits And Im Out He Smiled We Dont Give Up As Easily As That Like It Or Not, Youre Here Threeyears We Want The Time To Be Pleasant And Productive You Think You Can Handle That I GuessShe Studied The Floor For Some Reason, She Was Stung By His Tone, Which Was Kind His Concern Seemed Genuine, Which Made It All The Worse She Didnt Want To Fit In She Didnt Want To Adapt She Wanted To Go Back To Detroit, Where She Knew She Was Accepted For Who She Was In That Moment, Iris Realized She Had Violated Her Own Working Strategy In Situations Like This The Trick Was To Look Abject And Give A Lengthy Explanation For The Infraction, Which Might Or Might Not Be True The Point Was To Fill The Air With Verbiage, To Apologize At Least Twice, Sounding As Sincere As Possible For Someone Who Didnt Give A Rats Ass The Secret Was To Put Up No Resistance Whatever, A Technique That Had Worked Well For Her In The Past Resistance Only Fueled The Lecture, Encouraging The Adult Types To PontificateShe Murmured, What About My Clothes I Dont Drive, So Theres No Way I Can Go Home And ChangeNow, That I Can Help You With Where Do You Live Upper East SideHang On A MinuteHe Got Up From His Desk And Crossed To The Door To The School Office, Which He Opened, Sticking His Head Out Mrs Malcolm, Can You Do Me A Favor And Let Me Borrow Poppy For Half An Hour Iris Needs A Ride Home Upper East Side There And Back, Thirty Minutes MaxOf Course If Its All Right With HerSure Happy ToIris Could Feel Her Heart Start To Bang In Her Chest Poppy Was One Of The Most Popular Girls At Climp, Operating At Such An Elevation That Iris Barely Had The Nerve To Speak To Her She Was Close To Panic At The Idea Of Being In A Moving Vehicle With Her For Even Ten Minutes, Let Alone ThirtyOnce In The Parking Lot, Poppy Turned To Her With A Grin Cool Threads, Kid I Wish I Had Your NerveThe Two Got Into Poppys Thunderbird Once Iris Slammed The Car Door, She Reached Into Her Bag And Pulled Out A Vintage Lucky Strike Cigarette Tin, Filled With Tightly Rolled Joints, At Which Iris Was Adept Care To Partake Oh, Shit Yes, Poppy SaidThat Had Been January And The Two Had Been Inseparable Since To Iriss Credit, She Was A Model Of Good Behavior For The Next Three MonthsEvery Afternoon, They Repaired To Poppys House, Ostensibly To Study, But Actually To Smoke Dope And Raid Poppys Parents Liquor Cabinet Iris Was A Genius At Concocting Mixed Drinks, Utilizing What Was Available Her Latest She Called A Flame Thrower, Which Entailed Kahla, Banana Flavored Liqueur, Crme De Menthe, And Rum Poppys Parents Didnt Drink Rum That Bottle Was Held In Reserve Should A Guest Request It Poppys Father Was A Thoracic Surgeon, Her Mother A Hospital Administrator, Which Meant Long Hours For Both And A Preoccupation With Medical Matters, Gossip As Much As Anything Else Poppys Two Older Sisters Had Graduated From College One Was Now In Medical School And The Other Was Working For A Pharmaceutical Company The Whole Family Was High Profile And High Achievement Poppy Was An Oopsie Babya Surprise Addition To The Family, Arriving Long After Poppys Mother Assumed Shed Been Liberated From Diapers, Teething, Pediatricians, PTA Meetings, And Soccer Practice Iris And Poppy Had That In Common, Their Alien State It Was As Though Both Had Been Deposited By Spacecraft, Leaving The Mystified Earthlings To Raise Them As Best They CouldMost Of The Time The Two Girls Were On Their Own, Ordering Pizza Or Any Other Foodstuff That Could Be Charged To A Credit Card And Delivered To Poppys Door At Least She Could Drive And She Often Delivered Iris To Her House At Ten At Night Iriss Parents Never Said A Word, Probably Grateful She Had A Friend Whose Company She Preferred To TheirsIn April, Iris Was Dumbfounded When She Received Yet Another Summons To The Vice Principals Office Whatd She Do This Time She Hadnt Been Called Out On Anything And She Felt Put Upon And Unappreciated Shed Been Doing Her Best To Blend In And Behave HerselfEven Mrs Malcolm Seemed Surprised We Havent Seen You For A While What Now No Clue Im Tooling Along Minding My Own Business And I Get This Note That Mr Lucas Wants To See Me I Dont Even Know What This Is AboutNews To Me As WellIris Took A Seat On One Of The Wooden Benches Provided For The Errant And Unrepentant She Had Her Books And Her Binder In Hand So That Once She Was Properly Dressed Down, She Could Report To Her Next Class, Which In This Case Was World History She Opened Her Binder, Pretending To Check Her Notes She Was Careful To Show No Interest In The Secretarys Disbursement Of Manila Envelopes, But She Knew What They Contained The Benchmark California Academic Proficiency Tests These Were Administered At The Beginning And End Of Junior Year, Designed To Measure Each Students Mastery Of Math And English Poppy Had Been Bitching For Weeks About Having To Perform Up To Grade Level Or Suffer The Indignities Of Remedial Catch Up Work Under Certain Circumstances, The Test Results Would Determine Whether A Junior Was Even Allowed To Advance To Senior Year Iris Wondered If There Was A Way To Get Her Hands On A Copy Wouldnt That Be A Coup Poppy Was Her Best Friend, A Diligent Student, But Not All That Bright Iris Could See Her Limitations, But Overlooked Her Deficits In The Interest Of Her Status At Climp Poppys Boyfriend, Troy Rademaker, Was In Somewhat The Same Boat His Grades Were Excellent, But He Didnt Dare Risk Anything Less Than Top Marks He Attended Climp On A Scholarship It Was Essential To Protect In Addition, He And Austin Brown Were Among The Nominees For The Albert Climping Memorial Award, Given Annually To An Outstanding Freshman, Sopho, Junior, And Senior Based On Academic Distinction, Athletic Achievement, And Service To The Community Austin Brown Was The Unofficial But Equally Undisputed Kingpin Of The Junior Class, Much Admired And Equally Feared For His Scathing Pronouncements About His ClassmatesPoppy Wasnt Conventionally Pretty, But She Was Stylish And Well Liked Schoolwork Was Her Curse She Was One Of Those Borderline Cases Where Year After Year, Teachers Had Talked Themselves Into Passing Her Along Without Requiring A Command Of Core Subjects This Had Always Worked To Poppys Advantage, Keeping Her In Lockstep With Classmates Shed Known Since Kindergarten The Problem Was That Grade By Grade, Shed Been Advanced On Increasingly Shaky Grounds, Which Meant The Work Only Became Harder Andopaque Now Poppy Alternated Between Feelings Of Frustration And Feelings Of Despair Iriss Role, As She Saw It, Was To Take Poppys Mind Off Her Woes, Thus The Dope Smoking And Junk Food Ce Texte Fait R F Rence L Dition ReliPraise For Y Is For Yesterday Im Going To Miss Kinsey Millhone Ever Since The First Of Sue Graftons Alphabet Mysteries, A Is For Alibi, Came Out In , Kinsey Has Been A Good Friend And The Very Model Of An Independent Woman, A Gutsy Californian PI Rocking A Traditional Mans Jobits Kinsey Herself Who Keeps This Series So Warm And Welcoming Shes Smart, Shes Resourceful, And Shes Tough Enough To Be Sensitive On The Right Occasions New York Times Book ReviewThe Consistent Quality And Skillful Innovations In This Alphabet Series Justify All The Praise These Books Have Received Over The Past Years Wall Street Journal This Will Leave Readers Both Relishing Another Masterful Entry And Ruing The Near End Of This Series Prime Grafton Booklist Starred Review Grafton Once Again Proves Herself A Superb Storyteller Publishers Weekly The Series May Be Coming To A Close, But Grafton W Is For Wasted Constructs An Intricate Plot Following Two Time Lines With At Least A Dozen Characters In Play While Rarely Slowing The Pace Library JournalThe Lively, Engrossing Y Is For Yesterday Demonstrates That She Hasn T Lost Her Touch Over The YearsGrafton Is In Sure Command Of Kinsey S Wise Cracking But Warm Voice And Of A Many Layered Plot That Moves Back And Forth Over Events Of A Decade Y Is For Yesterday Might Make You Wish The Alphabet Had A Fewletters Tampa Bay Times Review Ce 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About the Author: Sue Grafton

En tant qu’auteur connu, certains de ses livres fascinent les lecteurs, comme dans le livre Y is for yesterday , qui est l’un des lecteurs les plus recherchés Sue Grafton auteurs dans le monde.



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