The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

Do you love books that sweep you away into another place and time?  Look no further than Anton DiSclafani’s book, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.  Mentioned on several disclafanibest of summer picks, including The Wall Street Journal and NPR, this debut novel takes place during the Great Depression as  15 year old  Thea Atwell, has been sent off by her wealthy family to a riding “camp” for girls in the mountains of North Carolina  for some unknown trangression she has had with her family.  Thea thinks she is staying until the summer and returning to her family in the fall, only to be surprised to learn that this is a finishing school where all the girls are already whispering  why she has come to the school mid-summer.  The author creates vivid imagery of horsemanship, the social ladder of queen bees at a the finishing school (that rises and falls dependent on their families wealth), and Thea’s family, including her twin brother,  who are  back in Florida dealing with their citrus farm and the start of the Depression. The reader is  drawn into the Thea’s world and will keep the pages turning as they wonder, “What exactly did Thea do?”  The author has written a fascinating gothic tale with memorable characters that will stay with the reader long after the novel is finished.

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