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History Lesson for Girls: A Novel

by Aurelie Sheehan

Published by Penguin

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In 1975, Alison Glass, age thirteen, moves to Connecticut with her bohemian parents and her horse, Jazz. Shy, observant, and in a back brace for scoliosis, Alison finds strength in an unlikely friendship with Kate Hamilton, the charismatic but troubled daughter of an egomaniacal new age guru and his substance-loving wife. As the sincere but misguided "Women of History" plan the town's bicentennial (complete with red, white, and blue Porta-Potties), the girls escape into the world of their horses, seeking refuge from the chaos in their lives.

Set against the backdrop of the disturbingly reckless and often hilariously tacky 1970s, History Lesson for Girls is a coming-of-age story rich in humor and heartbreak, and an elegy to a friendship that meant everything. 

pub date: 2007-06-26 | paperback | 9780143111900