Fat Tuesday

by Susan Vaught

When surviving isn’t good enough, there’s always Mardi Gras.

What does Rusty Quinn do when her mom loses touch with reality, her best friend’s dad explodes over a kiss, her other best friend gets committed to a psych ward, and the sanest person she knows is an egotistical Finnish exchange student who swears in a language nobody understands?  She could write a soap opera, of course – or go to Mardi Gras.  In fact, she could do both!

Funny how destiny comes down to single choices, focused moments, and split-second decisions.  Can running away to Mardi Gras really change four lives forever?