Join us October 4th for a reading, book talk, Q&A and author signing with author LB Gschwandtner and her novel THE OTHER NEW GIRL.
In a fresh take on the prep school lit genre, sassy sophomore Susannah Greenwood enters Quaker prep Foxhall School in 1960s Pennsylvania, and soon finds herself in an impossible situation when the other new girl, an outcast whom she has befriended, mysteriously disappears...
“The ingredients of this dark and disturbing coming-of-age novel include adolescent cruelty, religious hypocrisy, and the sadder-but-wiser perspective of the adult who dares to look back…I was riveted."
— Wally Lamb, author of six New York Times bestselling novels and a two-time Oprah’s Book Club pick
“A coming-of-age story, woven with the pace of a thriller…A nuanced and satisfying read.”
— Eileen Dougharty, story performer and writer
"LB Gschwandtner has created a complex tale of loyalty and betrayal, of youthful alliances and conflicts, and the incredible tension between doing the right thing, and protecting one's sense of self…a fine, moving story."
— Robert Bausch, author of Far as The Eye Can See and The Legend of Jesse Smoke
MORE ABOUT THE OTHER NEW GIRL:
During her first week at coed Quaker prep Foxhall School, sassy Susannah Greenwood, one of two girls who’ve entered as sophomores, gets pulled into the cool girls’ clique. While the school is instructing her in the moral and ethical tenets of the Quaker faith, the cool girls allow her to enter their world beyond the rule book—but in trying to find a balance between idealistic faith and the reality of a competitive system, Susannah runs afoul of the school’s most authoritarian dean and befriends the only other new sophomore, a brainy, socially inept outcast. Then her new friend runs away after being shamed by the dean, and Susannah finds herself caught between the two forces of loyalty and authority: Should she cooperate with the unforgiving, and now vulnerable, dean, who, with her job on the line, is pleading for information from her about her runaway friend? Or should she keep the secret she’s sworn to protect?
MORE ABOUT LB GSCHWANDTNER:
LB Gschwandtner is the author of four adult novels, one middle grade novel, and one collection of quirky short stories. She has attended numerous fiction writing workshops and studied with Wally Lamb, Lary Bloom, Suzanne Levine, Fred Leebron and Bob Bausch in the US. She has won writing awards and been published in literary digests and magazines. She currently lives on a tidal creek in Virginia with her husband of forty-five years, with whom she cofounded the multimedia company Selling Power Inc. LB has been the editor of Selling Power magazine for more than thirty years. She and her husband have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.