The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
A Novel

75%

6 Critic Reviews

Her exploration of the complex nature of attachment – whether to a horse, human, or a home – is beautifully handled. Even readers with little interest in the equestrian will be kept in the saddle by this gripping portrait of our animal instincts.
-Guardian

Synopsis

“This summer’s first romantic page turner.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Named a most anticipated book for Summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journaland Publishers Weekly and USA Today, NPR, and People summer reads pick

From the author of The After Party, coming May 2016, a lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.


It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.
 

About Anton DiSclafani

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Anton DiSclafani grew up in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in Saint Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Riverhead Books. 401 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Alex Kuczynski on Jun 07 2013

One has to respect DiSclafani’s enterprise, even if her efforts fall flat.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jun 03 2013

What makes “Yonahlossee” emotionally engaging in its own right — this summer’s first romantic page turner — is Ms. DiSclafani’s sure-footed sense of narrative and place...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Nov 09 2013

Her exploration of the complex nature of attachment – whether to a horse, human, or a home – is beautifully handled. Even readers with little interest in the equestrian will be kept in the saddle by this gripping portrait of our animal instincts.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 01 2013

...DiSclafani seems distanced from her characters, relying on declarations such as “I was not weak,” “I was angry,” and “I was glum” when exploring the tension of conflicting feelings.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Mary Pols on Jun 05 2013

It isn't marketed as a young-adult novel...but The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls has all the hallmarks of a story meant to empower young women; this is where its greatest value may lie.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 31 2013

An unusually accomplished and nuanced coming-of-age drama.

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