Jan Stafford Kellis

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Kate is a single mom and a successful litigation attorney; Amelia is her fifteen-year-old daughter. Their relationship is closer than most mother-daughter connections, but not as close as either of them believe. Amelia is a star student at the private school she attends—she plays field hockey, earns high marks, and amasses shelves and shelves of books. She’s read every book she owns, and she reveres Virginia Woolf.

One day, the school calls Kate to inform her Amelia has been suspended and Kate needs to pick her up immediately. By the time Kate reaches the school, Amelia has jumped off the roof. She didn’t survive the fall. A few weeks later, Kate receives an anonymous text: Amelia didn’t jump.

The story is told in alternating points of view by both Kate and Amelia, each narrative illuminating the events in the other until the reader finds out exactly what happened during the last few minutes of Amelia’s life. There are twists, turns, false leads and aha moments in here—clear your calendar for a couple of days for this one.