By Libba Bray
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mom, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is distributed off from the lifestyles she is aware in India to Spence, a formal boarding university in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and susceptible to visions of the longer term that experience an uncomfortable behavior of coming real, Gemma’s reception there's a cold one. To make issues worse, she’s been by way of a mysterious younger Indian guy, a guy despatched to monitor her. yet why? what's her future? And what is going to her entanglement with Spence’s strongest girls—and their foray into the religious world—lead to?
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I long for the cool, lush green of England, which I’ve only read about in my grandmother’s letters. Letters filled with gossip about tea dances and balls and who has scandalized whom half a world away, while I am stranded in boring, dusty India watching an organ-grinder’s monkey do a juggling trick with dates, the same trick he’s been performing for a year. “Look at the monkey, memsahib. ” Sarita says this as if I were still three and clinging to the bottoms of her sari skirts. No one seems to understand that I am fully sixteen and want, no, need to be in London, where I can be close to the museums and the balls and men who are older than six and younger than sixty.
Gemma . ” Mother’s tone is all warning even as her smile is constant for the Indians. Mustn’t let them think we British ladies are so petty as to indulge in arguments on the streets. We only discuss the weather, and when the weather is bad, we pretend not to notice. Sarita chuckles nervously. “How is it that memsahib is now a young lady? It seems only yesterday you were in the nursery. Oh, look, dates! ” She breaks into a gap-toothed smile that makes every deeply etched wrinkle in her face come alive.
And I could only stand by, helpless and mute, the cause of it all. The keeper of a secret so terrible it made me afraid to speak, scared that it would pour out of me like kerosene, burning everyone. “You’re brooding again,” Tom says, casting a suspicious look my way. ” Yes, I’m sorry, so sorry for everything. Tom exhales long and hard, his voice traveling swiftly under the exhalation. “Don’t be sorry. ” “Yes, sorry,” I say again without thinking. I touch the outline of my mother’s amulet. It hangs around my neck now, a remembrance of my mother and my guilt, hidden beneath the stiff black crepe mourning dress I will wear for six months.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Book 1) by Libba Bray