ISBN 9780735231979, 0735231974
Trade Paperback | 224 pages
From a critically acclaimed author, a twisty and gorgeously written—and very timely—YA ghost story about young women separated by centuries but connected by a desire to control their futures.
“How quickly everything in the world disintegrates. Everything but the loneliness of young women.”
So begins The Whitsun Daughters, a story of three contemporary teenage girls—sisters and cousins—in a small Midwestern town, narrated by the ghost of a young woman who, over a century earlier, lived and loved on the same small patch of farmland the girls now call home.
The book follows both the present-day story of the three Whitsun girls and the story of Jane Murphy a century earlier as they fight to assert their own desires in worlds determined to ignore and minimize them. The Whitsun girls
struggle with an unplanned pregnancy. Jane is determined to defy her arranged marriage and have both the baby she carries and the young man she loves.
The Whitsun Daughters leaves readers with a profound sense of the unbreakable thread connecting generations of young women who sought and continue to seek control of their destinies.