I had to let Abby be Abby! Just as I had to let Verna be ill, I had to let Abby be sad. Call these balls "Virginity Pledge: Did you specifically conceive this character and her story to vary the tone of the book, or did they evolve organically from the story? Slow motion against a virgin nature. In Virgin I could write in the voices of young people and older ones, or boys and girls, women and men.
I even remember a particular song that made me cry the hardest:
The Virgin of Small Plains
Because Verna was in the hospital with pneumonia for a long time, she missed everything having to do with burying the Virgin, and that helped her allow herself to grow foggy about the whole event. She needed to take charge. Closeup of cute caucasian girl chatting with friend on the Virgin Islands. Instead, I felt midwestern from the soles of my feet to the roots of my hair. And surely there's some truth to the suggestion that the health of a girl's relationship with her father or father figure, if any can have some effect on the health of her relationship with potential boyfriends. A powerful, mesmerizing suspense novel—a tour de force!