Emily M. Danforth
Plain Bad Heroines

Plain Bad Heroines

From the publisher: "Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the 'haunted and cursed' Gilded Age institution. A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period-inspired illustrations, <em>Plain Bad Heroines</em> is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction."

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