Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani 390 pages

I feel like a fish swimming against the tide on this one.  This debut novel received much hype and acclaim but I just do not buy it.  Set in the depression era South, Thea Atwell is sent away, banished from her family after an indescretion with her cousin. Her sin is alluded to throughout the novel, and wondering just what she did that was so awful is about the only thing that kept me reading.  Thea comes from a very well to do family with a Doctor for a father and a very elegant, refined mother.  She is home-schooled with her twin brother and the family home is so isolated that the only interaction with other young adults comes when her cousin visits. 

At the Yonahlossee Riding Camp, she "comes of age" .  In this case, it means she learns there may be some competition when it comes to riding, it is hard to fit in sometimes, and when you have sex with an older man, it does not always turns out well.  Basically, this book was a waste of time and I do not recommend it.

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