Creative Writing

Beneath the Pines by Janet Beard

Beneath the Pines by Janet Beard, graduate, the MFA in Creative Writing at The New School

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Barnes & Noble: “A thoroughly engaging read by an enormously gifted storyteller.”—Julie Mars

In 1957, Mary Alice was a rebellious teenager in love with a rich Yankee boy who had just moved to her small Virginia mountain town—much to the chagrin of her God-fearing mother, Lavinia. By 2004, Mary Alice has become a spinster biology teacher who hasn’t spoken to her mother in over forty years.

When Lavinia dies, Mary Alice’s niece, Claire, inherits the family house and moves to Virginia, bringing along a deep curiosity about her family’s dark past—and plenty of emotional baggage of her own.


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