I am on page 158 of one of the best novels I have read this year. Make that any year. It’s smart, engrossing, well-written, mysterious, and it hooked me on the first page. It’s Jennifer Miller’s The Year of the Gadfly.
So far, I’ve taken five pages worth of notes on my advanced reading copy. It’s that good. Miller previously wrote Inheriting the Holy Land: An American’s Search for Hope in the Middle East. This is her first novel and will be published May 8. Her website is byjennifermiller.com and you can follow her on Twitter @propjen and tweet about the novel using #Gadfly.
Her novel is set primarily inside the hallowed halls of Mariana Academy, in which a secret society wreaks havoc. Ms. Miller tells the story from the varying viewpoints of Iris, Jonah, and Lily; for me, Iris and Edward R. Murrow steal the show. Edward R. Murrow? Well, you just have to read it!
I recommend it for fans of Amber Dermont’s The Starboard Sea, Carol Goodman’s The Lake of Dead Languages, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.
I now have to go back to reading. Hope to interview Ms. Miller on my blog. Have lots of questions to ask!