The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani #2

The book for our April Meetups is The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani.  RSVP for only one date.

Here is a description of the book:

A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.

It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.


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  • Ellen M.

    Fun group and small enough we could all easily participate. Love the Front Porch!

    April 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed the meeting, I had another activity that ran over on time.

    April 27, 2014

  • Brandi

    Not my favorite book-

    April 26, 2014

    • ellen g.

      I also had very mixed feelings about this book. But..I'm glad I read it

      April 27, 2014

  • ellen g.

    Perfect number, perfect locale

    April 27, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    Great conversation and food.

    April 26, 2014

  • Kathie

    I did want to go to this, but it's hockey playoff time and my Red Wings are playing. See you next month, hopefully.

    April 26, 2014

    • Kathie

      Well, my Wings lost, but, hopefully, you had a great bookclub.

      April 26, 2014

    • Brandi

      Sorry bout your team. We had a great time and really liked the restaurant. See you next month hopefully.

      April 26, 2014

  • Kathie

    I see that The Goldfinch is our book for May. This is a new book and pretty much unavailable at the libraries. I might have to pass on reading this one. :-(

    April 5, 2014

    • Brandi

      I'm going to check the two used book dealers at the flea market this weekend, I'll let you know.

      April 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bought Oscar Wao for $3 https://www.goodwillbo...­

      April 19, 2014

  • ellen g.

    Try amazon. I bought mine used at a good discount. This book is a must read.

    April 7, 2014

  • Lea

    If you would like to look at the discussion questions for the book prior to the meetup, please go to http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/13-fiction/9293-yonahlossee-riding-camp-for-girls-disclafani?start=3.

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for the get well card. It was so thoughtful and touching! I'm looking forward to seeing you at this get together. In the meantime, hugs all around!

    1 · March 21, 2014

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