“We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them. . . Hollow vessel of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions wants and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool tepid water of gracious compliance. . . a fissure forms in the vessel. I’m cracking open.”
– Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a witty, dark and funny novel that pulls readers into late 19th century England and the misadventures of Gemma Doyle.