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May 20, 2005

Michele: This Bird Has Flown

"The face that launched a million readers."

That’s the title Time gave her when she made the cover. "Mallory’s School of Magic," her debut book, had spawned a new generation of young literature lovers.

Sequels were awaited. Movie rights secured. Steven Spielberg would direct!

And now one former flame, his confessional scrawled on motel stationary and copied to thousands of newspapers the world over, was going to launch a million gasps.

She absently tore her copy into small pieces and threw them on the ground, where the wind picked them up and rained them down on her like ironic confetti.

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