Life isn’t always a fairy tale: Just ask Meg Rosenthal, a wife and mother who's one dissertation shy of a Masters degree when she finds out the hard way that not every woman gets the happy ending that childhood stories promise. Newly widowed, she leaves a wealthy suburb of Long island to be a professor at a private boarding school in upstate New York with her teenage daughter Sally in tow. While author Carol Goodman connects Meg’s story with that of the school’s mysterious past, narrator Jen Taylor shifts back and forth effortlessly between Meg’s first-person take on modern-day life at the school including the baffling death of a student, the secretive headmistress, and Meg’s efforts to connect with Sally and her reading of a diary written 50 years earlier. in a novel where almost every character is female, Taylor gives each her own distinct personality and voice, from the creaky rasp of an aging faculty member to the breathy tone of a young woman in love.
The new teaching position is more than just a job for Meg. The school’s founders, Vera Beecher and Lily Eberhardt, were two progressive female artists whose children's fairy tale, The Changeling, has been the subject of Meg's professional studies for more than a decade and who, upon their deaths, left behind a generation of unanswered questions. When Meg stumbles onto Lily’s long-lost journal, she begins to slowly untangle the lives and loves of both women, delving into the rumors and conflicts that have plagued the school and the surrounding town of Arcadia Falls for decades. While the characters in both eras deal with similar issues (children, parents, careers, lovers, societal pressures), Taylor’s smooth tone enhances both the eeriest moments and the calmest and though the narration is a little overeager during some of the more emotional moments, that doesn’t take away from the revelations that fill the second half of the book or from a final-hour twist that could give Meg the happily-ever-after she never expected. Blythe Copeland
In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.
With a hurtful rift growing between her and her daughter, Meg is hopeful that the change of scene will provide them with a fresh start. But it soon becomes clear to Meg that this isolated community hides deeply rooted and deadly secrets. And after a mysterious death, Arcadia Falls begins to reveal a disturbing dark side.
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Yes, it was a thoughtful story with great characters and an interesting plot.
How it went back in time and wove the current lives with the past.
She was very believable and did a great job changing character.
The plight of the mother trying to keep her teenage daughter happy and safe and free of the mistakes she made when she was young.
Yes, I would recommend Arcadia Falls to a friend! I'm particularly interested in faery tale renditions and love the variety of possible interpretations of the Changeling story. Arcadia Falls is an uncomplicated story about complicated issues and the layers of sub-stories effectively highlight some social issues as well, in a non-judgemental way. Even more, it's a sweet story and a lovely read. Descriptions are wonderful.
enjoyable, light, unique
not the EDGE persay however i was interested especialy wiht the flip story about the past with Lily Eberhardt
hmm the mom i think otherwise Lily Eberhardt
um no not realy but i did enjoy it
Try it you might like it i was enthralled but i did enjoy it.
The melding of the past and the present, with a mystery for both then and now, the story within a story.
Yes - especially to someone who finds books hard to get through. Fast paced story that doesn't linger overly long and get boring.
Love the narrator's accents, I've never spent much time with people from the East Coast so the accents were a great way to pull me into the location.
Laughed often at the quirky character observations, and the way the narrator voiced the teenagers.
Felt some of the artistic descriptions were a bit cliche at times, but not enough to bring down my rating. You can only describe art and it's form in so many ways.
I liked this book. The synopsis is a little off base I think personally, but I very much enjoyed the weaving of fairytales & mystery.
Descriptively flat and quite predictable I could have rated it a 3 but the reader (very nasal at times) made the decision for me. I would recommend listening to the preview before deciding to purchase.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
There is a bit of the obvious in this book, but the descriptions of what a woman artist does and chooses made this totally worth the trouble. You can hear the plot hit 3 pages ahead, but the images of the place and people are worthy.
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