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The Year of the Gadfly

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“Do you know what it took for Socrates’ enemies to make him stop pursuing the truth?”

Storied, fiercely competitive Mariana Academy was founded with a serious honor code; its reputation has been unsullied for decades. Now a long-dormant secret society, Prisom's Party, threatens its placid halls with vigilante justice, exposing students and teachers alike for even the most minor infraction.

Iris Dupont, a budding journalist whose only confidant is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow, feels sure she can break into the ranks of The Devil’s Advocate, the Party’s underground newspaper, and there uncover the source of its blackmail schemes and vilifying rumors. Some involve the school’s new science teacher, who also seems to be investigating the Party. Others point to an albino student who left school abruptly ten years before, never to return. And everything connects to a rare book called Marvelous Species. But the truth comes with its own dangers, and Iris is torn between her allegiances, her reporter's instinct, and her own troubled past.

The Year of the Gadfly is an exhilarating journey of double-crosses, deeply buried secrets, and the lifelong reverberations of losing someone you love. Following in the tradition of classic school novels such as A Separate Peace, Prep, and The Secret History, it reminds us how these years haunt our lives forever.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 20, 2012 – High school is bad enough (mean girls, academic pressure, figuring out where you belong), but things are extra awful at Mariana Academy, a scandal-plagued institution with an elaborate code intended to prevent cliques and student vigilantes to enforce it. The school s magnetic pull draws two former students back to town with Mariana-related agendas. Meanwhile, new girl Iris Dupont is there for a fresh start after her best friend s suicide. The narrative alternates between Iris, who s trying to crack Mariana s mysteries; her teacher Mr. Kaplan, who hopes to reconnect with old love Hazel, once the Queen of the Geeks ; and albino Lily, the headmaster s daughter. Lily s story is confined to 1999, while everyone else narrates from the present, but the mysteries connect across time. If this sounds complicated, it is: Miller (Inheriting the Holy Land, a memoir) spends so much time knitting past and present and stirring up gothic jealousies and elaborate revenge plots that it s hard to stay connected to Iris; Jonah; Jonah s twin brother, Justin; Lily (who s dating Justin); or Hazel. High school s hell, sure, but Mariana Academy has too many hellish setups for us to care about who s doing what to whom.

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Mystery, Intrigue and coming of age

Great, fast paced read with interesting twists and turns. An exploration of love and betrayal, inclusion and segregation, interdependence and individualism, loss and grief...and guilt.

The Year of the Gadfly
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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