When Catherine Morrow is admitted to the Esther Percy School for Girls, it’s on the condition that she reform her ways. But that’s before the charismatic and beautiful Skye Butterfield, daughter of the famous Senator Butterfield, chooses Catherine for her best friend. Skye is a young woman hell-bent on a trajectory of self-destruction, and she doesn’t care who is taken down with her. No matter the transgression—a stolen credit card, a cocaine binge, an affair with a teacher, an accident that precipitates the end of Catherine’s promising riding career—Catherine can neither resist Skye’s spell nor stop her downward spiral.
De Gramont’s chilling novel is a portrait of an adolescent girl so thoroughly seduced by a peer that she willingly follows her to ruin. Caught in a world that is both appealing and astonishing, these young women are sexual beings with the minds of teenagers: willful, selfish, daring, and cruel—all the while believing they’re utterly indestructible.
Praise for Gossip of the Starlings
“In this poignant novel, de Gramont explores a loyal and destructive friendship between two girls at a New England prep school. Though Catherine warns the reader of the story’s tragic finale from the opening chapters, the ending still reverberates with heartbreak. De Gramont’s coming-of-age story distinguishes itself with sincere prose and complex characters.” —Publishers Weekly
“The kind of smart and riveting read that fans of a certain kind of campus drama—think Donna Tartt’s The Secret History — will devour…There’s romance, betrayal, a gorgeous scholarship boy and a spot-on rendering of the queasy regret you sometimes feel when friends from separate orbits meet. Grab this one and share it with your teenage daughter.” —People
“It’s a rare book that draws you into the tiny, idiosyncratic world of its characters so completely, and de Gramont’s descriptions are often so vivid you’ll want to give them a closer read…grade: A-.”—The Washington Post
“Sparkles with an intense exuberance . . . it trumps Catcher in the Rye andA Separate Peace…Gossip of the Starlings will join that shelf reserved for literary classics.” —Providence Sunday Journal