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Title:
The tenth girl
ISBN:
9781250304506
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
458 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
In 1978 at the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi -- a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother -- it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina's elite girls. Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house -- despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi's ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored. One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery -- and then fight for her life.
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A haunted Argentinian mansion.
A family curse.
A twist you'll never see coming.
Welcome to Vaccaro School.

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi--a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother--it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina's elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house--despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi's ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored... and one of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence.

An Imprint Book

" Layered and challenging, and full to bursting with intelligence , while at the same time exuberantly bizarre, like it's having the best time on its own and daring you to join in."
--Rory Power, New York Times -bestselling author of Wilder Girls

"This book envelopes the reader with sweeping beauty and tingling mystery from the very first page."
--Nova Ren Suma, New York Times- bestselling author of The Walls Around Us


Author Notes

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multilingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. The Tenth Girl is her debut book. She currently resides in New York City.


Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

Following the death of her mother at the hands of the military government, an 18-year-old Argentinian girl escapes to desolate Patagonia, finding refuge in a finishing school besieged by hostile spirits.The year is 1978. Mavi ends up teaching at the infamous Vaccaro School, led by the enigmatic Carmela De Vaccaro. Marred by a curse that wiped out its inhabitants 60 years before, and surrounded by an icy hellscape, the school sits atop land seized from the fictional Zapuche people. As she grows closer to her nine students (the 10th girl is missing), Mavi, whose father had Zapuche roots, uncovers more about the school's grisly origins, its eccentric occupants, and the ghastly Otros (Others) who feed on the inhabitants as they sleep. She soon befriends Carmela's son, Domenico, a cruel, handsome boy who seems to change overnight thanks in part to Angel, a benevolent Other who's curious about Maviand the mysterious 10th girl. The story delivers numerous twists and turns, each a deliriously unreal blow. Though the narrative drags at times and some quieter moments feel needlessly long, debut author Faring spins a deceptively simple haunted tale via the alternating viewpoints of Mavi and Angel. Anachronistic hints gesture toward what's really happening at Vaccaro School, culminating in an unanticipated final twist that's sure to be divisive. While the author draws attention to the oppression of Indigenous peoples, the treatment of this subject is cursory.An inspired, cluttered, wholly original tale. (Gothic horror. 14-19) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In order to escape the men who took her mother, Argentinian Mavi has fled to the elite Vaccaro School, rumored to be cursed because of its location on indigenous Zapuche lands. From the moment she arrives in icy Patagonia, there's something ominous surrounding the campus, and as she takes on her role as English instructor, Mavi finds that one of her ten students is missing. The more she discovers about the school, the closer she comes to finding out what haunts it and solving a mystery much larger than she could have imagined. A number of surprises culminates in a shocking twist of an ending and will have readers rethinking the entire book and grappling with questions of morality. Readers should be cautioned about depictions of suicide and abuse, but those in search of classic Gothic horror will be drawn in by the elegant writing and eerie atmosphere before it changes into something unexpected.--Selenia Paz Copyright 2019 Booklist