Year of the Gadfly author Jennifer Miller

       

 "It's hard to resist any novel whose young journalist heroine hallucinates that she's in conversation with Edward R. Murrow. But Jennifer Miller has also written a book with the feel of real life--part science experiment, part mystery story, part a coming-of-age narrative sorting out the truth about one's friends and enemies."

--David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney


Storied, fiercely competitive Mariana Academy was founded with a serious honor code; its reputation has been unsullied for decades. Now a long-dormant secret society, Prisom's Party, threatens its placid halls with vigilante justice, exposing students and teachers alike for even the most minor infraction. 

Iris Dupont, a budding journalist whose only confidant is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow, feels sure she can break into the ranks of "The Devil's Advocate," the Party's underground newspaper, and there uncover the source of its blackmail schemes and vilifying rumors. Some involve the school's new science teacher, who also seems to be investigating the Party. Others point to an albino student who left school abruptly ten years before, never to return. And everything connects to a rare book called Marvelous Species. But the truth comes with its own dangers, and Iris is torn between her allegiances, her reporter's instinct, and her own troubled past.

 

The Year of the Gadfly is an exhilarating journey of double-crosses, deeply buried secrets, and the lifelong reverberations of losing someone you love. Following in the tradition of classic school novels such as A Separate Peace, Prep, and The Secret History, it reminds us how these years haunt our lives forever.

 


JENNIFER MILLER, author of Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East, holds an undergraduate degree from Brown and graduate degrees in journalism and fiction from Columbia. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily BeastSalon, and others. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and now lives in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780547548593
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - May 8th, 2012