Reconstructing Amelia: Book summary and reviews of Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia

By Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    400 pages.

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In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter - now. But Kate's stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it's already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.

An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that's the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn't jump.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it's the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn't save.

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"Fans of literary thrillers will enjoy the novel's dark mood and clever form, even if the mystery doesn't entirely hold together." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will need to swallow the premise that a police homicide investigator would allow the mother of a victim to tag along on the investigation and question witnesses, but otherwise, this is a solid debut novel." - Kirkus

"McCreight does a fine job of building suspense and creating characters, notably Kate and Amelia, whom the target audience - both adults and older teens - will care about and empathize with." - Booklist

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Kimberly McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After several years as a litigation associate at some of New York City's biggest law firms, she left the practice of law to write full-time. Her work has appeared in such publications as Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine and Babble. She has lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters for the past seven years.

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