Stephan Lee
May 24, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anton DiSclafani
publisher
Riverhead Hardcover
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Fifteen-year-old Thea Atwell’s arrival at a picturesque equestrienne boarding school nestled in the North Carolina mountains is an unhappy one in The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. It’s 1930 and, as the adults around her keep murmuring, the country is “doing very badly.” Plus, she’s been all but disowned by her family due to an unnamed ”incident.” With innate verve and fearlessness, Thea adapts to the treacherous ways of her debutante classmates while struggling to make sense of her past. DiSclafani is an insanely talented writer — her precise period details and lovely descriptions of riding and adolescence have a spellbinding effect, though the narrative stretches on dreamily like an endless childhood summer. B+

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