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Events Mon Jun 24 2013

Class, Scandal and Coming of Age During the Great Depression

Thumbnail image for Anton.jpgThis Thursday, June 27, Anton DiSclafani will visit the Tribune Tower (435 N. Michigan Ave.) to read from her debut novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls in discussion with the Tribune's Heidi Stevens. Set in 1930, the novel tells the tale of 15-year-old Thea Atwell as she arrives at an all-girl, Southern equestrienne boarding school full of complex social strata. Thea leaves behind a family scandal in Florida that slowly unspools throughout the narrative.

Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times calls it, "this summer's first romantic page turner. By cutting back and forth between the events that took Thea to Yonahlossee and her experiences in school, Ms. DiSclafani methodically builds suspense. The reader's attention rarely wavers, thanks to Ms. DiSclafani's knowledge of how to keep her foot on her story's gas pedal, and her sympathy for her spirited, unbridled heroine."

Sounds like it might give Mad Men fans a bit of a Sally Draper fix now that the season is over. DiSclafani is reported to have earned a $1 million advance for the publishing rights, and the book was chosen as a most anticipated book for summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and NPR. 7pm, $15.

Photo by Whitney Curtis, Chicago Tribune.

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