The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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Penguin, Jun 4, 2013 - Fiction - 432 pages
47 Reviews
“This summer’s first romantic page turner.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Named a most anticipated book for Summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journaland Publishers Weekly and USA Today, NPR, and People summer reads pick

From the author of The After Party, a lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.



It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.
 

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User Review  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

Really nothing about this book did it for me, not even being set in my beloved mountains. Too much teenaged angst, convoluted family stuff, dragged out plot, Lolita-ness (without Nabokov at the pen ... Read full review

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User Review  - laurieindra - LibraryThing

This book was so promising when it started. The author can write beautiful passages, but the story was just not there for me. I gave up with about 100 pages to go. The characters are either unattractive or not really developed. The whole thing made me impatient. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
31
Section 3
46
Section 4
65
Section 5
88
Section 6
107
Section 7
125
Section 8
134
Section 14
227
Section 15
235
Section 16
260
Section 17
272
Section 18
294
Section 19
298
Section 20
323
Section 21
351

Section 9
152
Section 10
169
Section 11
188
Section 12
199
Section 13
212
Section 22
361
Section 23
385
Section 24
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About the author (2013)

Anton DiSclafani grew up in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in Saint Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.

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