Flawless Girls

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When her sister comes home changed, a young woman discovers that the finishing school she attended has a violent history that is alive and well in this tense and thrilling YA novel.

The Soler sisters are infamous in polite society—brazen and rebellious. But their grandmother also knows the standards that two Latina young ladies will be held to, so she secures them coveted places at the Alarie House, a prominent finishing school. Younger sister Isla is back home within a day, but older sister Renata stays. When she returns months later, she’s pleasant, unnervingly polite, and possibly murderous. And the same night she returns home, she vanishes.

Isla returns to Alarie House, intent on finding out what happened to her sister. But the Alarie House is as exacting as it is opulent. It won’t give up its secrets easily—or let Isla go without a fight.

Tautly written, unsettling, and evocative, this is a stunning YA novel by the award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore.

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature; Wild Beauty, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; Blanca & Roja, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; Dark and Deepest Red, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and The Mirror Season, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

"McLemore expertly layers dreamlike descriptions to craft the otherworldly, gothic atmosphere in which this sensitive portrait of an intersex person unfolds." —Publishers Weekly

"As eerie and twisted as a delirium dream, this dark academia from award-winning author McLemore explores the pressures put on women to be perfect and what happens when those pressures become too much. " —Booklist

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