The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Bright Young Things
The 1930s are back with an achingly stylish bang. Baz Lhurman’s take on The Great Gatsby may have revived the decade, but he’s not the only one who’s been inspired. From books to bars to clothes, everyone’s getting in on the act. Anton Dislafani is the latest writer to find inspiration from this era. Her debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls captures the spirit of the times, with its tale of scandal and society.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani is set in 1930s America, southern high society: Part love story, part coming-of-age novel, this is the moving, raw and exquisitely vivid story of an uncommon girl navigating a treacherous road to womanhood.
Thea Atwell is fifteen years old in 1930, when, following a scandal for which she has been held responsible, she is ‘exiled’ from her wealthy and isolated Florida family to a debutante boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As Thea grapples with the truth about her role in the tragic events of 1929, she finds herself enmeshed in the world of the Yonahlossee Riding Camp, with its complex social
strata ordered by money, beauty and equestrienne prowess; where young women are indoctrinated in the importance of ‘female education’ yet expected to be married by twenty-one; a world so rarified as to be rendered immune (at least on the surface) to the Depression looming at the periphery, all overseen by a young headmaster who has paid a high price for abandoning his own privileged roots…