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Danforth, Emily M. - Plain Bad Heroines

Danforth, Emily M. - Plain Bad Heroines

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In Emily M. Danforth's captivating coming-of-age novel, Plain Bad Heroines, readers are transported to the Brookhants School for Girls in 1902. Among the students are Flo and Clara, two young women who fall madly in love, creating a scandal that will echo through the years.

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Supernatural Terror

Flo and Clara's love affair is passionate and all-consuming, but it is also forbidden and dangerous. The two girls must hide their relationship from the strict rules of Brookhants, and they face the constant threat of discovery and punishment.

A Vivid Portrayal of a Girl's School in the Early 1900s

Danforth's writing brings to life the atmosphere of Brookhants School, a place of both beauty and cruelty. The school's strict rules and rigid structure provide a backdrop for Flo and Clara's rebellion, while the surrounding countryside and the looming presence of the nearby woods add to the novel's sense of mystery and suspense.

Exploring Themes of Identity, Sexuality, and the Power of Love

Plain Bad Heroines delves into themes of identity, sexuality, and the power of love. Flo and Clara's relationship is complicated by the societal expectations of their time, and they must fight for their right to love each other freely. The novel also explores the supernatural, as Flo and Clara's love story becomes intertwined with a curse that has haunted Brookhants for years.

A Must-Read for Fans of Historical Fiction and Coming-of-Age Stories

With its captivating characters, rich historical setting, and exploration of universal themes, Plain Bad Heroines is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and coming-of-age stories. Danforth's novel is a poignant reminder of the power of love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring influence of the past on our present.

Additional Description Points:

  • The novel explores the challenges of navigating identity and relationships in a world that often prioritizes societal expectations.

  • Plain Bad Heroines is not just a story about love and betrayal; it is also a coming-of-age story about self-acceptance, resilience, and the pursuit of authenticity.

  • The novel is a must-read for fans of Emily M. Danforth and anyone seeking inspiration from a story of self-discovery and acceptance.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction

  • Kirkus Reviews Best of Young Adult Fiction

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Book Title: Plain Bad Heroines

Author: Emily M. Danforth

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: October 1, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

Number of Pages: 640

Dimensions: 135 x 216 x 19 mm

Weight: 572 g

Relevant Tags: Young Adult Fiction, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Girls School, Sapphic

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