From the Publisher
"Stunning . . . Irresistible."
"GODWIN PROVES HERSELF ONE OF AMERICA'S FOREMOST WRITERS IN THE FINISHING SCHOOL. . . . A profound novel with characters close to the heart."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"COMPELLING, WELL CRAFTED . . . A psychological detective story with dramatic revelations of character and event."
"FINELY NUANCED, COMPASSIONATE . . . The Finishing School is a wise contribution to the literature of growing up."
—The New York Times Book Review
"ALLURING . . . GENTLE, IRONIC, INTENSE, AND EMOTIONAL FICTION."
School Library Journal
YA Female adolescence isn't always characterized by the discovery of boys, rock music or clothes fads. Sometimes the journey from childhood to maturity involves learning that an idol has clay feet. In The Finishing School , Justin Stokes is a grown woman remembering the fateful summer she turned 14, when she changed from child to adult. After the death of her father and grandparents, Justin, her mother and brother move north into the sterile household (spotless rugs covered by plastic runners) of Aunt Mona and her daughter Becky. There Justin meets Ursula DeVane, a former actress in her mid-40s, who treats Justin like an adult, sharing her past history and future dreams and nuturing her in the feeling that Justin is different and special. But Ursula isn't perfect, and the tragic denouement of that summer is almost as inevitable as the infiltration of trailer camps on the DeVane property 30 years later. Godwin is a superb writerher characters breathe, her prose flows seamlessly and she has captured the inner heart of 14-year-old Justin. She is a special girl and this, a special book. Diana Hirsch, PGCMLS, Md.