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Easter Quillby is the 12-year-old heartbeat of Wiley Cash’s feel-good thriller, “This Dark Road to Mercy.” Easter is a tough, self-sufficient child of small-town North Carolina who can dish up SpaghettiOs for herself and her 6-year-old sister, Ruby, when no adults are around to make dinner. Easter’s favorite computer game is Oregon Trail; she has definite opinions about “Entertainment Tonight’s’’ Mary Hart (not all of them favorable); and she wants someday to go to college so that she can join the FBI.
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