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Daughters of the Revolution review - Carolyn Cooke

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GOODE EDUCATION Cooke shifts perspectives to pull readers into a tumultuous era

Daughters of the Revolution

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Carolyn Cooke
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

In Daughters of the Revolution, the ’60s are encroaching upon the prestigious Goode School, where headmaster Goddard Byrd — ”God” for short — stands staunchly opposed to coeducation until Carole Faust, a gifted African-American girl, is admitted via clerical error. The shock waves from this period permeate the decades that follow in unexpected ways, throughout the school and beyond. Cooke’s slim but muscular novel asks ?a lot of the reader, switching perspectives and taking narrative detours. But her exquisitely hewn sentences and fiercely original characters brilliantly capture a moment of social change without ever resorting to simplistic, black-and-white depictions of feminism. A?