The Finishing Schoolby Gail Godwin
Justin Stokes would never forget the summer she turned fourteen, nor the woman who transformed her bleak adolescent life into a wondrous place of brilliant color. In the little pondside hut also known as the “finishing school,” eccentric, free-spirited Ursula DeVane opened up a world full of magical possibilities for Justin, teaching her valuable lessons of love and loyalty, and encouraging her to change, to learn, to grow. But the lessons of the finishing school have their dark side as well, as Justin learns how deep friendship can be shattered by shocking, unforgivable betrayal.
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Gail Godwin has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1981 Award in Literature from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Three of her critically acclaimed novels, The Odd Woman, Violet Clay, and A Mother and Two Daughters, were nominated for the National Book Award. Her other highly praised books include Evensong, The Good Husband, A Southern Family, The Perfectionists, and Father Melancholy's Daughter.
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I originally read this in 1985 and have returned to it many times. Godwin effortlessly captures that coltish time between adolescence and adulthood. Beautifully written. Evocative of a more innocent time.
This book was very touching. I would definately recommend it. I would recommend these books in addition to the ones bellow: Grows In Brooklyn, Joy In The Morning, Anne of Green Gables, A Walk To Remember, Ferris Beach, Gathering Blue, Mandy, Number the Stars.