Emily feels conspicuous as the new girl at Amherst School for Girls boarding school. She didn’t want to transfer halfway through the year, but her mother and her aunt thought it would be best. At least no one other than the headmistress knows about her boyfriend Paul’s suicide. And not even the headmistress knows about the abortion. At ASG, Emily begins to heal and process her trauma through writing poetry and a growing connection she feels to Emily Dickinson.
Emily’s story unfolds gently in this novel which is mostly composed of memories and emotions. It is sad, but ultimately hopeful, and will most likely appeal to readers who enjoy character studies and realistic fiction.