Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing information: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.

Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who loved school and has never been in trouble, would risk college and her future with a suspension. But when Kate arrives at St. Grace’s she’s unprepared for far more devastating news. Amelia is dead. Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide.

At least that’s the story St. Grace and the police tell Kate. Overwhelmed by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story Kate believes . . . until she gets the anonymous text. She didn’t jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth about her daughter, no matter where it leads or what it takes.

Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate will begin to reconstruct the pieces of Amelia’s life, and the people in it, to uncover why she was on St. Grace’s roof that day-and why she died.

Reconstructing Amelia is a story about secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious enemies-of how much a parent really knows a child and how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

A Harper Collins Publishers sponsored review

 

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  • paulette a.

    As always, I enjoyed sending time with the ladies, sharing good conversations about the book as well as other topics. It was great meeting the two new ladies. I did enjoyed the food, mostly because of the menu's varieties of taco and burritoes.

    November 18, 2013

  • Rana

    So we really enjoyed this book. It was part sad, part scary and part introspective from a mom's point of view. For most of the group, it forced us to ask "Do we really have a clue when it comes to our teenagers?" Are we accessible and available? Are we clued-in or completely clueless? Ms. McCreight did a great job at spinning this all too realistic yarn and keeping the web full of hidden spiders. Although the venue wasn't among the best this year, we had a great time - Literary Diva style. It was great to welcome Kay and Alexis to the group. Fun, fun, fun - that's what a girl's night is all about!!

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an awesome first meeting with the Literary Divas.....great book, great discussion, with great ladies....

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Raynette

    Enjoyed the discussion last night!

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting the Literary Divas! I felt welcomed & comfortable and the fact that I didn't finish the book didn't hinder my enjoyment. I look forward to another session!!!

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Ladies, I'm so sorry to do this but I've been feeling sick this week and feel the most sick today. I look forward to seeing you next month!

    November 15, 2013

    • Rana

      Ughh! Sorry you're sick Grace. Get better and we'll look for you at the next one.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may not be able to make it this week but I am going to try my darndest to get someone to switch with me at work. My request was denied earlier to get the night off because of the hectic holiday schedule.

    2 · November 11, 2013

    • Tera A.

      I hope you can make it. Hopefully one of your coworkers will have some holiday spirit and will switch with you. Good luck!

      November 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Started my book late but OH MY...it's a page turner....can't wait to discuss...

    3 · November 11, 2013

  • Raynette

    Just finished the book last night. Once i got going I could not put it down. I can't wait till the meeting to discuss.

    2 · November 11, 2013

  • paulette a.

    I just picked up my book from Library yesterday, so I will start reading it during my lunchbreak today.

    November 1, 2013

  • Rana

    Ashley, a lot of twists and turns right. :) Nice surprises that keep you guessing and made this one hard to put down. Loved every "AHA!!" moment.

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I started... the beginning confused me. :)

    October 25, 2013

  • Rana

    Has anyone started reading yet? Only at 50% but so looking forward to discussing this one.

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to the new experience!

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    September 30, 2013

  • paulette a.

    From what little I read, this book sounds like it's going be good.

    1 · July 12, 2013

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