As I Descended by Robin Talley

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From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. But Delilah doesn’t know that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to unseat Delilah for the scholarship. After all, it would lock in Maria’s attendance at Stanford—and assure her and Lily four more years in a shared dorm room.

Together, Maria and Lily harness the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what’s imagined, the girls must attempt to put a stop to the chilling series of events they’ve accidentally set in motion.


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ROBIN TALLEY grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and rode a desegregation bus to the school across town. A Lambda Literary Fellow, Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée. Growing up in Virginia, just one generation removed from the events that take place in Lies We Tell Ourselves, she grew up hearing stories from her parents about how bad it was for black students during school integration; facts she hadn't learned in school when they covered the civil rights movement. She did extensive research while writing Lies We Tell Ourselves.When not writing, Robin is often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice in Washington. She has served at organizations focusing on educational equity, gay rights, women's rights, and beyond and has worked on issues ranging from affirmative action to fair pay for women, to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. You can find her on the web at or on Twitter at @robin_talley.
Published September 6, 2016 by HarperTeen. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 10 Up—Something wicked comes to Virginia's elite Acheron Academy in this modern retelling of one of Shakespeare's darkest works. Overachiever and second-most-popular girl Maria, who is bisexual, and her scheming girlfriend, Lily, who is disabled and a lesbian, are determined to have Maria win ...

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