A Great and Terrible Beauty
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
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It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?
Libba Bray's two novels, A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, both became New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their son, cat, and two goldfish.