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Sure, many people rave about pumpkin spice or sweater weather, but can there be something that really will get you more in to the fall mood than the usual good thriller?
That’s the way we feel here at Archiweekend Book Club , where we highlight books in the crime sphere every month and feature exclusive interviews, led discussions, and much more. We are very excited to announce that September’s pick is “The Missing Hrs” by Julia Dahl.
We tore through this mystery novel about Claudia Castro, an NYU freshmen who apparently has everything: famous family, boat loads of cash, an enthusiastic social networking following. Her existence appears charmed. But things are not what it really appears — and Claudia’s existence appears to break down after she’s sexually assaulted throughout a drunk night. Claudia cuts herself removed from her family members while reeling in the attack, and finally gets lost. What’s became of her?
This can be a fast-paced read and compelling read that directly examines thorny issues like privilege, revenge, and tragedy, diving deep into how sexual assault shapes not only the victim. Dahl says the muse for “The Missing Hrs” really originated from a genuine situation: a higher schooler in Steubenville, Ohio was sexually assaulted by classmates after becoming too intoxicated in a house party. Students were videotaped laughing about this, and finally, two youthful men were charged for his or her roles within the assault. This book, she stated, came into being because she “could not stop considering this girl. What had this completed to her? What been with them done to folks who loved her?”
“The Missing Hrs” is a great, thoughtful, and gripping book. You’ll fight to put this novel lower. Read along with Archiweekend Book Club, and look out for the video interviews with Dahl, in addition to led discussion questions. Happy studying!
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