Justin Stokes would never forget the summer she turned fourteen, nor the woman who transformed her bleak adolescent life into a wondrous place of brilliant color. In the little pondside hut also known as the “finishing school,” eccentric, free-spirited Ursula DeVane opened up a world full of magical possibilities for Justin, teaching her valuable lessons of love and loyalty, and encouraging her to change, to learn, to grow. But the lessons of the finishing school have their dark side as well, as Justin learns how deep friendship can be shattered by shocking, unforgivable betrayal.
About the Author
Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist, is the bestselling author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Flora, A Mother and Two Daughters, The Good Husband, Evensong, and Father Melancholy s Daughter, as well as The Making of a Writer, volumes one and two, edited by Rob Neufeld. She s received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Woodstock, New York.
"Stunning . . . Irresistible."
"GODWIN PROVES HERSELF ONE OF AMERICA'S FOREMOST WRITERS IN THE FINISHING SCHOOL. . . . A profound novel with characters close to the heart."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"COMPELLING, WELL CRAFTED . . . A psychological detective story with dramatic revelations of character and event."
"FINELY NUANCED, COMPASSIONATE . . . The Finishing School is a wise contribution to the literature of growing up."
—The New York Times Book Review
"ALLURING . . . GENTLE, IRONIC, INTENSE, AND EMOTIONAL FICTION."