Gossip of the Starlings

Gossip of the Starlings

by Nina de Gramont

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Overview

Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont

When Catherine Morrow is admitted to the Esther Percy School for Girls, it's on the condition that she reform her ways. But that's before the beautiful and charismatic Skye Butterfield, daughter of the famous Senator Butterfield, chooses Catherine for her best friend. Skye is in love with danger and the thrill of breaking rules, taking risks, and crossing boundaries, no matter the stakes. The problem is, the stakes keep getting higher, and Catherine can neither resist Skye nor stop her from taking down everyone around her.

De Gramont's chilling novel is a portrait of the seductions of adolescence in all their beauty and terror. Caught in this alluring world, the girls of Esther Percy are optimistic and willful, loving and selfish, daring and cruel—all the while believing they're utterly indestructible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565126763
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,189,793
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Nina de Gramont is the author of the story collection Of Cats and Men, which was a Book Sense selection and won a Discovery Award from the New England Booksellers Association. Her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, was also a Book Sense pick. She is the coeditor of an anthology called Choice and the author of several young adult novels. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. Find her at www.ninadegramont.com.


 

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"Nina de Gramont has written a stunning story of youth at its zenith and the tragic allure of a reckless zest for life that masks something far darker. I inhaled this novel in one breath." —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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Gossip of the Starlings 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nina de Gramont is a master story-teller. The portrayal of adolescence, and girlhood in particular, in this novel is searing, brutal, and lovely. And, best of all, behind the poetry and humor, there is the quiet and sure and compelling mind of a writer who is infinitely trust-worthy. Loved, loved, loved it.
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Brittany5704 More than 1 year ago
I think the characters in this book are relatable to people of all ages. This is a book about growing up, realising consequences of being an adult versus an adolescent. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially young people of about that age. It is a book I will definitely read again.
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Rich kids in private schools. Drugs abundant. Relationships weird. I was disappointed.
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ssmith11 More than 1 year ago
I read this over a year ago and still feel the need to recommend it. It takes some very typical ingredients (prep school, priviledged teenagers, etc.) and turns them into something extraordinary, unlike anything I've read before. Having the story set in the 1980's is a great added element- yet another subtlety that sets this novel above all others in its genre. Nina de Gramont is a very talented writer who has a beautiful way with words while maintaining a very fast pace with the storyline. As for the characters she's created, I'll just say that Skye Butterfield is haunting in a Jay Gatsby sort of way; a fictional person who will stay with you forever. Basically, if you're looking for the juicy prep school drama, you'll find it all here, but with a suprising amount of emotional tenacity and de Gramont's beautiful prose that really make 'Gossip of the Starlings' more than just another "one of those" novels.
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