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Etched on Meby Jenn Crowell
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On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls’ prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism... until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.
Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story — until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.
"With its deft plotting, rich characterization and often hilariously poignant dialogue, Crowell's latest is a gem." Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will cheer for Lesley's progress in this against-all-odds, sometimes grueling, suspenseful, and character-rich tale of individuation. Bringing to mind Susanna Kaysen's memoir Girl, Interrupted or Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, Crowell's novel darkly fascinates." Library Journal
"At turns heartbreaking and difficult to read, this is a raw, unflinching look at mental illness and one girl's one-step-forward, two-steps-back attempts to claw herself out from under. It's a sobering, yet empowering reminder: in order to create a meaningful life, sometimes it will take all the fight you have." Booklist
About the Author
Jenn Crowell is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Necessary Madness and Letting the Body Lead. She holds an MFA in creative writing and lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.
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