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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Like Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year…A” (Entertainment Weekly )

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion! Good mystery read, not the best writing but compelling story. I will definitely be back for more of these meetups!

    May 14, 2013

  • Suzee

    The book may not have been everyone's favorite which is why I gave it 3 stars. I did really enjoyed the balanced and open dialogue we had discussing this book!

    May 14, 2013

  • Cathy W.

    Great discussion as always. A great group of individuals that enjoy reading.

    May 14, 2013

  • Peter

    Not the greatest book but certainly a "page-turner". High school suicide, cyber bullying and gay relationships helped the book be very much in tune with current issues even if the plot sometimes felt a little hurried and contrived.

    May 13, 2013

  • Christine

    The book was ok for me.... But the author hit on topics that are going on in the media today and was interesting to hear discussions on how the author wrote the plot and characters

    May 13, 2013

  • Cissy G.

    Wow, this book really gets into the minds of teens. I will be interested to see what you think.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh no. Where did my night go? It was such an awful book and then they flipped the lesbian switch and all of a sudden I couldn't stop reading.

    May 8, 2013

    • Christine

      That's how I felt! Pesky book

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quite the page turner!!

    April 28, 2013

  • Christine

    Just finished the book....can't wait for club discussion!

    April 28, 2013

  • Peter

    If it's as enjoyable a read as "Gone Girl", I will be delighted. See you there!

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    Looks like a great book, but not in the library yet.

    April 5, 2013

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