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This is an excellent debut novel by
Anton DiSclafani. Thea is sent away from her sheltered but well-off life in
Florida to a boarding school in North Carolina during the Great Depression. At
first, it is not clear what transgression Thea committed, but as the story
progresses, it slowly becomes apparent. The mysteriousness of why Thea was sent
off is intriguing, yet, once found out, adds a strangeness that makes Thea
a very sympathetic but flawed character. This coming-of-age story focuses on
Thea's adaptation to the strange new life of the all girls academy while
battling with her sexual desires.
This book was definitely one of the more
interesting books I've read, but the author's style is absolutely beautiful and
it kept me from wanting to put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone
interested in the Great Depression era, boarding schools, and coming-of-age