Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone
By Kat Rosenfield
Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525423898, 277pp.
Publication Date: July 5, 2012
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An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent
Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.
Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.
"A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor—utterly compelling."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Layered and exquisitely written...Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield’s novel, and her suffocating small town setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review