The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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Penguin Group USA, Jun 3, 2014 - Fiction - 418 pages
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“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 Journal and Publishers Weekly and USA Today, NPR, and People summer reads pick

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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Beautifully written, however it was a predictable plot. - LibraryThing
The ending trailed off a bit for me. - LibraryThing
I love Anton Diclafani's writing style. - LibraryThing

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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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About the author (2014)

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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