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Plain Bad Heroines (2020)

de Emily M. Danforth

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"Full of Victorian sapphic romance, metafictional horror, biting misandrist humor, Hollywood intrigue, and multiple timeliness--all replete with evocative illustrations that are icing on a deviously delicious cake." -O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE Named a Most Anticipated Book by Entertainment Weekly - O, The Oprah Magazine - Buzzfeed - Harper's Bazaar - Vulture - Parade - Popsugar - Bustle - GoodReads - Autostraddle - Literary Hub - and more! The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls--a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary's book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever--but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way. Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the "haunted and cursed" Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, oppo­site B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern her­oines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled--or perhaps just grimly exploited--and soon it's impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins. A story within a story within a story, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.… (més)
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I wanted to love this book, Readers, truly I did. But I did not. There is a satisfying little ghost story toward the end--two, in fact--but the slog it took to get there. My god. It truly pains me that I ended up hate-reading this book. Danforth's writing is so much fun.* But too much of a good thing is still too. fucking. much.

*With the exception of the absolutely unnecessary and entirely distracting footnotes. They were no fun at all. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
Wonderfully gothic-romance in tone and setting. The story is disjointed and never quite gels (but in a familiar way...the feeling the ending gives me reminds me very much of that of Haunting of Hill House. Anticlimactic in a way), but I still gave it 5 stars for creating one of the most delicious atmospheres in recent reading memory.

It set me off on a gothic reading jag, including a collection of Shirley Jackson short stories called Haunted Tales, which was a perfect follow-up. I have also been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking at pictures of reproduction Victorian orangeries. Did you know you can have them custom-made?? ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
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I never like to admit defeat when the book is an Early Reviewer book. And I really did try to finish this one -- several times. Once I managed to get almost a third of the way through before my attention started giving out. I just never could stay interested long enough to get any further. Maybe I'm just the wrong audience for the book. So I have to apologize to the author and publisher and LT's Early Reviewer program, but I'm throwing in the towel on this one. Could not finish it and don't intend to rate it.
  jlshall | Jan 30, 2022 |
COOL OKAY I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS IN MY BODY AND I’M GONNA NEED AT LEAST A WEEK TO FIGURE THEM ALL OUT.

I think this book was written directly for me to hit like, most of my buttons, and I’m FURIOUS about it and I need to own this book immediately. ( )
  banrions | Dec 7, 2021 |
This is a novel that doesn't quite live up to its promise. The dialogue never quite gels, the foundation of the scary story feels unstable to me, and the pacing seems unnecessarily slow and bogged down with parenthetical asides and footnotes. I read the whole book (combo of audio and hardcover) but was never able to get into the story enough to get scared. I wish the audiobook narrator had sung the school songs to the tune described in the book. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 7, 2021 |
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Surely there must be in a world of manifold beautiful things something among them for me. And always, while I am still young, there is that dim light, the Future. But it is indeed a dim, dim light, and ofttimes there’s a treachery in it.
—MARY MACLANE, The Story of Mary MacLane
To be durable and perfect, to be in fact grown-up, is to be an object, an altar, the figure in a stained-glass window: cherishable stuff. But really, it is so much better to sneeze and feel human.
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For Erica, the heroine who has always held my heart
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Though I am young and feminine--very feminine--I am not that quaint conceit, a girl: the sort of person that Laura E. Richards writes about, and Nora Perry, and Louisa M. Alcott,--girls with bright eyes, and with charming faces (they always have charming faces), standing with reluctant feet where the brook and river meet,--and all that sort of thing.
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"Full of Victorian sapphic romance, metafictional horror, biting misandrist humor, Hollywood intrigue, and multiple timeliness--all replete with evocative illustrations that are icing on a deviously delicious cake." -O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE Named a Most Anticipated Book by Entertainment Weekly - O, The Oprah Magazine - Buzzfeed - Harper's Bazaar - Vulture - Parade - Popsugar - Bustle - GoodReads - Autostraddle - Literary Hub - and more! The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls--a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary's book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever--but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way. Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the "haunted and cursed" Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, oppo­site B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern her­oines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled--or perhaps just grimly exploited--and soon it's impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins. A story within a story within a story, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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