Published November 4th, 2015
Toby Sedgwick is terrified by his daughter’s increasingly reckless behavior and takes a tough love approach, enrolling Ava in Mount Hope, a wilderness behavioral camp for troubled teens. Ava quickly realizes that the camp is little more than a prison, warehousing and abusing kids for their parents’ money. And after spending a disturbing weekend completing the parent portion of treatment, Toby knows it too.
As Ava desperately searches for a way out of Mount Hope, she is faced with resurfacing memories of a family tragedy. She can no longer suppress the pain of what happened to her mother and sister eight years earlier in Thailand. As father and daughter fight to get back to each other, the truth may irrevocably tear them apart.
About the Author:
Lynne Griffin is the author of the family-focused novels Girl Sent Away, Sea Escape, and Life Without Summer, as well as the nonfiction titles, Let’s Talk About It: Adolescent Mental Health and Negotiation Generation—Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment. Lynne is a registered nurse and family counselor who teaches family studies at Wheelock College, and is the Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at an independent school in Boston. She teaches fiction writing at GrubStreet, an independent writing center in Boston and facilitates their program for soon-to-be published authors called Launch Lab.
Critics have noted that Lynne’s work is all heart—with “carefully crafted characters that ring heartbreakingly true” (Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW, Life Without Summer), and that as a writer, Lynne tells her stories “with literary grace and a keen sense of human nature” (Carol Cassella, author of Oxygen), with the ability to “pluck the heartstrings” (Entertainment Weekly’s MUST READ LIST, Sea Escape).
Praise for Girl Sent Away—
“Girl Sent Away is a sensitive, compulsively readable novel about the enduring devotion of a father and daughter, and the frightening, shadowy world of troubled teens.”
—William Landay, author of Defending Jacob
With its young heroine and sensitive examination of adolescents in crisis, Girl Sent Away would do well to find a teen audience. –Kirkus Reviews
A terrific and terrifying story.
—Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Sparta
A harrowing tale of family and adolescence–of the things parents do to keep their children whole and the terrible mistakes they make along the way.
—Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
Read below for a special author interview:
Can you tell us about your book, Girl Sent Away?
Girl Sent Away is crossover fiction that appeals to readers who like emotional novels that delve into the darker side of family life. It illuminates some of the well-intentioned but destructive approaches desperate parents pursue in an effort to save their troubled teens.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I really enjoyed writing the scenes that involved Ava’s little sister Poppy. Their limited time together and how special their relationship was is so central to the novel that it really mattered to get those scenes right. And while I can’t say I enjoyed writing the scenes that took place in Phuket Thailand, I will say they were rewarding to write. I did a lot of research and interviews about the tsunami that took place in Southeast Asia in 2004. I really needed to respect those who experienced it first hand.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
It wasn’t a scene that I needed to edit out, it was a character. At Mount Hope, there was a very sweet teenage girl named Winnie. She was lost and troubled, and I really felt for her story, but sadly she slowed the pace of the novel down. In the end, as hard as it was, I removed her. I still miss Winnie, but it was the right decision as far as narrative drive goes.
Is this a standalone or will there be a companion novel?
Girl Sent Away is a standalone novel, but I’m working on something now that has potential to be a series.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I’m working on a story about what people are willing do for their 15 minutes of fame. It’s another novel involving parents and teenagers, this time set at a performing arts high school. There’s also a detective who’s trying to get to the bottom of a crime. It’s the detective that I’m thinking could possibly show up in other novels.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one book, so I’ll give you three! I loved Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys. She’s the author of Olive Kitteridge, and so masterful at writing about families. I also loved the short story collection Louisa Meets Bear by Lisa Gornick. It’s a linked collection about a girl and a boy who meet in college and how their lives intersect over the years. And while this book was hard to read from an emotional standpoint, Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family is remarkable.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
I’m looking forward to reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and West of Eden by Jean Stein.
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