Monday, September 30, 2013

Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak

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

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.

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