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Read: Carolyn Cooke’s Daughters of the Revolution

June 26, 2011

I have just read Daughters of the Revolution by my friend Carolyn. It is brilliant! I am so proud that I know her. It is also unlike any novel I have ever read. I can’t stop thinking about it. It is funny and dark and sexy and smart. I love how she gives us access to the inner world of an entire cast of characters, inner worlds that are not always pretty, but always ring true. I am not alone in loving it. Here’s what critics say:

“Integration, coeducation, and the sexual revolution encroach on the smug, insular world of a New England prep school in this fiercely intelligent novel.”
—Karen Holt; O, the Oprah Magazine

“Carolyn Cooke’s wise, exquisitely spare first novel centers around the disintegration of a New England prep school, it’s philandering headmaster, and his influence on the women around him.”
—Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire

“Cooke’s flinty first novel, coming nearly 10 years after her much-acclaimed collection, The Bostons, grapples with another set of crafty New Englanders, all involved, one way or another, with the Goode School. . . . Taunt. . . . Excellent. Cooke delivers on every page.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    June 26, 2011 9:45 pm

    I wish we were able to join you. sounds almost magical. I know you have a busy itinerary but wanted to recommend – http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/index.php?lang=en
    The spa at Lavey at the far (Swiss end of the lake. We also liked swimming at Evian – a big public pool by the lake, a slide and swimming in the lake as well.

    Probably Mary Shelley did not do this…maybe she drak mineral water along the lake.

  2. June 27, 2011 3:46 am

    I keep thinking about you guys in Annecy. I think I found Julia’s slide into the lake. xo

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