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MFAC Alumna Blair Thornburgh's Newest Novel Earns Multiple Starred Reviews


Ordinary Girls, by Blair Thornburgh

Published by HarperCollins

June 4, 2019

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About the Book

A contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility, Ordinary Girls follows two sisters who, following financial troubles at home, must learn to grow--up, apart, together--as their world around them continues to come undone and the distance between them grows. Plum, who by nature is a social outcast, grows into her own person as she grows more distant from her sister. Ginny, brilliant and popular, has a dark secret of her own and needing her sister now more than ever. The novel follows the two girls as they learn to deal with their new reality and the Austen-style chaos that now exists in their own household. Blair Thornburgh newest novel weaves together a tale of two sisters, teenage-hood, and growing up--one that deserves all the praise.


Praise for Ordinary Girls

“While there’s romance, this is no pink-coded, Austen retread but a well-told, universally human—regardless of gender—tale about teens discovering who they are, where they want to go, and how to get there.”

-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rewarding novel that revolves around change, reflection, and, yes, sisterhood.”

-Booklist, starred review

“Most of all, Thornburgh’s exploration of the power of social comedies and books by and about young women—works often deemed insignificant—shines.”

-Publishers Weekly, starred review