Melamed, Jennie.

Gather the daughters / Jennie Melamed. - 341 pages ; 24 cm.

"Every summer, the girls run wild. They know it could be their last"--Cover.

A smoldering novel about an insular community on an island at the end of the world and the girls who start to question the rules that bind them. On a small isolated island, there is a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood. But before that time comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve. Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees. They are free. It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost laces the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.

9781472241719 (paperback)

End of the world--Fiction.


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