A pretty respectable near-future dystopia.
A superflu causes the US to create a buffer zone on the border with Mexico. A town (Santa Olivia) that's left in the zone (as recreation for a military base close by) is the setting for the story of a girl's coming of age.
The girl's the daughter of an escaped military experiment, and therefore pretty tough.
The ending's a touch ex machina, but the story's still an interesting take. Plus, since it's Carey, there's the requisite perviness.