A resonant, engrossing novel about five girls during their formative prep-school years in the tumultuous mid-sixties. Into their reality of first-class trips to Europe, resort vacations, and deb parties enter the Vietnam War, the women’s movement, and the sexual revolution. As the old traditions collide with the new society, the girls lose their innocence, develop a social conscience, and discover their sexuality–blossoming into women shaped by their turbulent times.
“A gifted storyteller … her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty… human and real.” —Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review
“Gutcheon … clearly knows the way things were at such insulated boarding schools–the teachers in charge, the kinds of girls, the way they acted, talked and dreamed, the bonds they forged, the shocks they survived as girls becoming women.” —Publishers Weekly