Picks and Pans Review: History Lesson for Girls
REVIEWED BY EMILY CHENOWETH
In this poignant coming-of-age novel, Sheehan (The Anxiety of Everyday Objects) describes the brief, bright friendship between misfit Alison Glass and a sassy, troubled beauty, Kate Hamilton—eighth-graders in a wealthy Connecticut town who bond over their horses and their weirdo parents. Distracted by cocaine and faith healers, their elders fail the girls. Tragedy looms, as Sheehan reminds her readers that heartbreak is a requisite part of growing up.