On Sale: July 2, 2019
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Infused with the keen insight of Joyce Carol Oates and
haunting power of Kelly Link, a radiant collection of
linked stories that explore the vulnerability,
resilience, and hidden desires of women, following six
girls over the course of sixty years, from their first
semester at boarding school to the twilight of their
It begins with a drowning. One day Mr. Arcilla, the
romance language teacher at Briarfield, an all-girls
boarding school, is found dead at the bottom of Reed
Pond. Young and handsome, the object of much fantasy and
fascination, he was adored by his students. For Lilith
and Romy, Evie and Claire, Nellie and Grace, he was their
first love, and their first true loss.
In this extraordinary collection, Kate McQuade explores
the ripple effect of one transformative moment on six
lives, witnessed at a different point in each girlâ€™s
future. Throughout these stories, these bright,
imaginative, and ambitious girls mature into women, lose
touch and call in favors, achieve success and endure
betrayal, marry and divorce, have children and struggle
with infertility, abandon husbands and remain loyal to
Lyrical, intimate, and incisive, Tell Me Who We Were
explores the inner worlds of girls and women, the
relationships we cherish and betray, and the
transformations we undergo in the simple act of living.
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