Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

By Kat Rosenfield

An arresting un-coming-of-age tale, from a wide ranging expertise

Becca has constantly longed to damage unfastened from her small, backwater place of origin. however the discovery of an unidentified useless woman at the part of a mud street sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. not able to make experience of the violence of the skin international creeping into her yard, Becca reveals herself chickening out inward, paralyzed from relocating ahead for the 1st time in her lifestyles.

Short chapters detailing the final days of Amelia Anne Richardson's lifestyles are intercut with Becca's personal summer season because the parallel tales of 2 younger ladies being affected by self-identity and relationships at the aspect twist the reader nearer and towards the reality approximately Amelia's dying.

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