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About the Author
Emily M. Danforth is the author of the highly-acclaimed young adult novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from the University of NebraskaLincoln. She lives with her wife and two terrible dogs in Rhode Island. This is her first adult novel.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"Emily Danforth's ingenious, jaw-dropping novel is a time-hopping epic about the history of a cursed New England girls' school, doomed lovers, and an equally cursed modern-day retelling via film, plus yellow jackets. Hell, those yellow jackets! The expertly rendered characters are as heartbreaking as they are written with an integrity of vision that saturates every page. Plain Bad Heroines is a queer roar and it's terrifying and it's a goddamned triumph." (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World)
“Plain Bad Heroines wears its brilliance lightly and like the Black Oxford apples described in these pages, it's dark, sweet, and addictive. Emily Danforth displays all the gothic wit of Edward Gorey and all the soaring metafictional ambitions of David Mitchell, alongside a generosity and humanity that is uniquely her own. Simply one of the best books I've read in the last decade.” (Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman)
“Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief, Plain Bad Heroines is a brilliant piece of exuberant storytelling by a terrifically talented author.” (Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith)
“Stuffed with footnotes, and stories inside stories inside stories, Emily M. Danforth’s follow-up to The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a queer gothic coming-of-age story set at a cursed New England boarding school for girls. There are just a few sequences of words that fire up my pleasure centers the way that description does.” (Vulture, 19 Books We’re Excited to Read This Fall)
“A short list of things you’ll find in this novel: curses, lesbians, gilded-age society scandals, yellow jackets, a heaping dose of snark, and the nagging sense that the line between what’s real and what isn’t has been blurred. . . . It’s the perfect autumn read for you and your best friend that you’re secretly in love with, trust me.” (Buzzfeed, 38 Great Books to Read This Fall, Recommended by Our Favorite Indie Booksellers )
“A delicious Gothic tale . . . a tasty brew of creepy shuttered prep school, creepy reopened prep school, queer feminist legacy and modern adaptation of said legacy . . . will make you crave more of Danforth’s smart, funny prose.” (Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post)
“A layered, farcical take on the sins of woman . . . [danforth] uses vivid language to capture each time and place, in a narrative that is rare even among lesbian fiction . . . clever quips and striking imagery.” (Lena Wilson, The New York Times Book Review)
“[A] freewheeling, ambitious novel . . . The heroines of this story are neither plain nor bad, but human: rebellious, insecure, funny, deep with longing and scars still healing. And, yes, we do feel sympathy for them. Recommended for fans of queer kissing, Victorian romance, ghost stories and Hollywood high jinks.” (The San Francisco Chronicle)
“A masterfully woven and totally captivating story . . . Full of fascinating queer characters and twisty storylines, this book is a must-read not only for the many who loved Cameron Post, but for anyone looking for an immersive, haunting, wild story.” (Sarah Neilson, Seattle Times) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication date : October 20, 2020
- Print length : 635 pages
- Publisher : William Morrow; Illustrated edition (October 20, 2020)
- File size : 32495 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B083SMWFSF
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008346925
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,510 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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An issue for me with YA writers who migrate to writing for adults is that they never quite seem to give up typical YA contrivances such as the devoted BFF/sidekick or the tragic parental loss. So After-school Special.
Most problematic, I cared far more about the 1902 characters than the contemporary trio, whose sections I rushed through to get back to Libby and Alex. The author failed to make Harper, Audrey or Merritt, or their antics, sexual or otherwise, truly worthy of reader love. Bo was a cartoon, when he could have been a wonderful sendup of male auteur cruelty and arrogance.
Finally, as Chekhov is famous for having said (more or less), “don’t introduce a gun if it’s not going to be fired.” Danforth brings up all manner of concerns without ever addressing them again. Did Harper’s mother go off the wagon? Did Merritt’s dad kill himself because of his open marriage? What made Eleanor eat the plant? What about Ava? So many loose ends.
I sort of wish I had existing phobias about these things as the creepiness intended sometimes seemed banal to me. Still if you're at all spheksophobic this will no doubt get to you even more.
A quirk worth noting is the rampant sapphism: most of the characters, past and present, are women, and it seems they are all mosly attracted to other women. It's not a problem, just a quirk as I said.
This is a highly-engrossing read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even tracking down some of the secondary material quoted in the novel.
The author is talented (and attractive!) so I will look forward to her next book.