Publication Date: May 18, 2021
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A “delicious literary gothic debut” (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice), set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.
Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study has produced some of the world’s best minds. For those lucky few selected, tuition is free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students must give Catherine three years completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their personal clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises its graduates a future of sublime power and prestige.Among this year’s incoming class is Ines, who expects to trade her blurry teenage nights of parties, pills, and cruel friends for rigorous intellectual discipline—only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school’s enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore their minds and bodies, to find themselves and their place behind the formidable iron gates of Catherine.For Ines, the house is the closest thing to a home she’s ever had. But its strange protocols soon make this refuge feel like a lavish prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive group of students studying its most mysterious curriculum.
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