The Finishing School

Joanna Goodman (Author)

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Harper Paperbacks
Publish Date
April 11, 2017
5.3 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.62 pounds
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About the Author

Joanna Goodman's stories have appeared in B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly and The White Wall Review. In 1996 Joanna Goodman was a winner in the Canadian Author's Association Short Fiction Contest. At one time she worked as a journalist for Reuters in Ottawa, and her day job now is co-owner (with her mother) of a bed linen store, Au Lit linens, in Toronto. Since Belle of the Bayou she has written two more novels, You Made Me Love You and Harmony


"Suspenseful.... If your guilty-pleasure reads include elite boarding schools, secret societies, murder, and scandal, this one's for you."--Kirkus
"Craftily depicts a mystery hidden for decades under the veil of boarding-school tradition and secret societies.... Goodman unravels a web of lies intertwining the well-developed characters that cross Kersti's path."--Booklist
"Both a coming-of-age-story and a literary mystery but ultimately culminating in an addictive read full of skillfully conveyed characters."--Library Journal
"Enthralling.... Both a compelling look into an exclusive world and a wise and heartbreaking story of a friendship and misplaced passion.... The book is addictive because of the mystery it explores.... Also notable is the deftness with which Goodman presents the complicated, passionate nature of friendships during formative years."--Globe and Mail, Canada
"The Finishing School drops all the right names, but it's far from an exercise in snobbery. Its subjects are young love and lust, privilege and striving, and faculty-student relations that redefine that term. There's a missing ledger and a dark secret, and the story is as tasty as braised lamb shanks and as easy to swallow as a good Riesling -- add this to your stack of beach reads."--Head Butler
"The Finishing School pulls back the curtain to expose a fascinating world of desire, betrayal, and dangerous secrets."--Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
"The Finishing School plunges the reader headfirst into a fast-paced, nail-biting mystery that also manages to explore friendship, love, adolescence, family and motherhood. By the time you reach the unexpected ending, you'll practically be gasping for air."--Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie
"Joanna Goodman clearly knows her way around the rarefied world of the rich and famous. Every page of this compelling novel resonates with authenticity, and is filled with suspense--The Finishing School will keep readers up late at night."--Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice
"A compelling tale of horrific teenage secrets inside the walls of an elite school in Switzerland, unearthed with verve and sly irony. The truth is cold and slippery as ice as Goodman draws us into the darkness beneath the glittering surface of lakes and snowcapped mountains, and of privilege itself."--Deborah Lawrenson, author of 300 Days of Sun
"Rich and intriguing, The Finishing School is a page-turner of the best sort--a novel that dusts the polish off of prestige and leaves you with the startling truth."--Joy Calloway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters
"In The Finishing School, secrets are exposed and lies revealed when Kersti Kuusk is pulled back to Geneva, the site of her boarding school roommate's tragic accident decades before. The hidden rot she discovers at the heart of this seemingly golden world makes for a shocking, satisfying read."--Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of Bittersweet and June