On Sale: August 14, 2018
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Women's Fiction | Literature and Fiction
From the highly acclaimed, bestselling National Book
Award finalist and author of A Short History of
Women, a searing and timely novel about a teenaged girl,
a charismatic teacher, and a dark, open secret.
They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the
greens at night on a “borrowed” golf cart, drunk. The cart
crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough,
killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that
has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding
school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the
death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents’ rocky
marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away
from the accident.
Taut, propulsive, and devastating, His Favorites
reveals the interior life of a young woman determined to
navigate the treachery in a new world. Told from her
perspective many years later, the story cooly describes a
series of shattering events and the system that failed to
protect her. Walbert, who brilliantly explored a century of
women’s struggles for rights and recognition in her
award-winning A Short History of Women, limns the
all-too-common violations of vulnerability and aspiration in
the lives of young women in this suspenseful short novel.
From the publisher of the classic A Separate Peace,
His Favorites is an urgent book by a “wickedly smart
writer” (The New York Times Book Review) whose work
is “fascinating, moving and significant” (The Washington
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