Plain Bad Heroines

Plain Bad Heroines

A highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.

Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.

Title:Plain Bad Heroines
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062942852
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    Plain Bad Heroines Reviews

  • Melissa ~ Bantering Books

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews.3.5 starsThis is a tricky review to write.Emily Danforth’s Plain Bad Heroines has been one of my most anticipated Fall reads. And it wo...

  • karen

    oooh, goodreads choice awards finalist for best horror 2020! what will happen?********************************SPOOKTOBER NEVER DIES!!********************************when i first heard about this book;...

  • Lex Kent

    This is such an oddball book. I think enjoyment wise I’m around a 3.50 star rating, but the imagination Danforth has to even come up with this story is so impressive that I have to give it the full ...

  • connie

    i'm bi and i'm ready for murder Edit:That cover? Sexy. Unbelievably so. Incredible. Emily M. Danforth I would commit a minor crime to receive an arc copy of this. Please respond.2nd Edit:HAVE JUST HEA...

  • Katie B

    This might not have been a 5 star read for me but the author definitely has writing talent. A unique storyteller for sure. However, the pace was a little slow in my opinion and I do think the 600+ pag...

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    this was actually not the dark academia story I expected upon starting, but it was something even better: the spooky sapphic story of my dreams (or nightmares, you choose). full review to come - there...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh holly hell!Claustrophobic haunted school theme dances with queer gothic! This is one of the best unique, heart pounding and addictive concept! But I honestly have to admit as soon as I saw the page...

  • Anna Luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /2 ½ starsReaders, I am disappointed. Plain Bad Heroines was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases...maybe I should have ‘hyped’ it so much. This is cer...

  • Mackenzi

    Full. Body. Chills. ...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    When your protagonists are this kind of wrong, do you even want to be right? 🤔...