Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things
By Kathryn Burak
Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2012
240 pages (hardcover)
When Claire’s best friend Richy went missing, he disappeared without a trace. But when Emily Dickinson’s dress goes missing from the Amherst museum, she knows exactly where it is: in her closet.
As Claire and her student teacher, Tate, attempt to figure out what do to about the dress, they begin to uncover the truth behind Richy's disappearing act. Following a trail of clues across state lines, Claire and Tate attempt to find the person that Claire knows in her gut is responsible for his disappearance. (from barnesandnoble.com)
I had high hopes for this book and, honestly, it has an interesting premise and beautiful writing. However, I felt like I needed too much knowledge of Emily Dickinson’s poetry (and poetry in general) to really understand and appreciate this book. I am sure poetry lovers will soak up this book, but I just started feeling confused and wished the book moved at a faster pace.