Title: At Briarwood School for Girls
Author’s Name: Michael Knight
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Page Count: 304 Pages
ISBN: 0802128424 (ISBN13: 9780802128423)
Author or Book Website: https://michaelknightfiction.com/
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Release Date: N/A
How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control.
Meanwhile, Disney has announced plans to build a new theme park just up the road, a “Technicolor simulacrum of American History” right in the middle of one of the most history-rich regions of the country. If successful, the development will forever alter the character of Prince William County, VA, and have unforeseeable consequences for the school.
When the threat of the theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed and unexpected alliances will form. Lenore must decide whom she can trust–will it be a middle-aged history teacher struggling to find purpose in his humdrum life? A lonely basketball coach tasked with directing the school play? A reclusive playwright still grappling with her own Briarwood legacy? Or a teenage ghost equally adept at communicating with the living via telephone or Ouija board?
Following a cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history, and the possibility of happiness, At Briarwood School for Girls is a stunning and inventive new work from a master storyteller.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not sure what I was going to discover reading this book. I just knew that it was going to a bit odd. A haunted school. A theme park being built. A little bit of mystery. It was a basically the struggle of being in a place that you know and want to remain and not let the secrets that should not be shared out. I found it to be more about self-discovery and learning from other choices. I would like to meat the ghost. That is just something that I am into.
My Rating of the Book: 3 1/2 Stars