The Divines

The Divines[KINDLE] ❆ The Divines Author Ellie Eaton – With the emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls a compulsively readable literary debut set in a secluded boarding school exploring the intoxicating destructive relations With the emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls a compulsively readable literary debut set in a secluded boarding school exploring the intoxicating destructive relationships between teenage girls “ The Divines is a cool chilling and elegant novel” —Sarah Perry internationally bestselling author of The Essex Serpent“A fierce stunning debut that you won’t so much read as burn through” —Caroline Zancan author of We Wish You Luck Can we ever really escape our pastThe girls of St John the Divine an elite English boarding school were notorious for flipping their hair harassing teachers chasing boys and chain smoking cigarettes They were fiercely loyal sharp tongued and cuttingly humorous in the way that only teenage girls can be For Josephine now in her thirties the years at St John were a lifetime ago She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years not since the day the school shuttered its doors in disgraceYet now Josephine inexplicably finds herself returning to her old stomping grounds The visit provokes blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community Ruminating on the past Josephine becomes obsessed with her teenage identity and the forgotten girls of her one time orbit With each memory that resurfaces she circles closer to the violent secret at the heart of the school’s scandal But the Josephine recalls the further her life unravels derailing not just her marriage and career but her entire sense of self Moving between present day Los Angeles and s Britain The Divines is a scorching examination of the power of adolescent sexuality female identity and the destructive class divide Exposing the tension between the lives we lead as adults and the experiences that form us Eaton probes us to consider how our memories as adults compel us to reexamine our pasts.

Ellie Eaton is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian The Observer and Time Out Former Writer in Residence at a men’s prison in the UK she holds an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway University of London and was awarded a Kerouac Project residency Born and raised in England she now lives in Los Angeles with her family The Divines is her first novel.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Divines
  • Ellie Eaton
  • English
  • 24 February 2015
  • 9780063012196

10 thoughts on “The Divines

  1. Adi Rocks Socks says:

    I received an ARC from William Morrow via Edelweiss in exchange for an unbiased review

  2. Cari says:

    My review will appear in Booklist This is a very complicated book complex than I could adeuately describe in my review It starts a little slow but ramps up after the midpoint and I found myself invested than I thought I would be This may be a hard sell to patrons especially those who are used to boarding school mysteries because it's less of a mystery than a character study But it will stick with me for a long time

  3. Glenn Stenquist says:

    A haunting revist to her shut down adolescent boarding school brings back vivid past keeps you involved till end Chilling

  4. Ciara says:

    Disclaimer I received an e proof of this book in exchange for an honest review I loved the voice of the protagonist especially in the opening scene which plunges the reader into a world of teenager girls As a teenager Josephine attended a British boarding school St John the Divine where the girls were called “Divines” The school was closed after an incident occurred Josephine now passing through the area on her honeymoon has a rude encounter with a local woman “townies” didn’t like the wealthy Divine girls Her husband begs her to tell the story she had never planned to tell about the Divines While he tells her she doesn’t have to continue Josephine can’t stop thinking about her time as a Divine and the reason the school closed While I wish the timeline of the present storyline was tighter it spans several years I enjoyed what older Josephine added to the Divine story as the experience affected her deeply

  5. Lacey says:

    This book was a compelling read but now that it's done I'm still wondering what the point of it was I really don't know Joe was not a likeable character past or present and I don't see that changing in the future either I think I'm just going to leave this here Like the book I'm not sure what else to do with itI won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

  6. Donna says:

    Goodreads winner William Morrow publisherFlashing back and forth between now and the past we learn along with Sephine's husband just how life was in the private elite boarding schoolTraveling on their honeymoon the couple swing into town to see the old school now turned into stores and offices When Sephine is spit on by a townie her husband starts asking uestions What follows is a recounting of what happens when you raise girls all living in the same uarters with little supervision As time goes on Sephine's life starts to slowly unravel Will the past be repeated?

  7. Mary says:

    got this in mail a few days ago and could not put it down great book

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