Can we ever really escape our past?
The girls of St. John the Divine, an elite boarding school, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys, and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cuttingly humorous in the way that only teenage girls can be. For Josephine, now in her thirties, the years at St. John were a lifetime ago. She hasn't spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shuttered its doors in disgrace.
Yet now Josephine inexplicably finds herself returning to her old stomping grounds. The visit provokes blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that surfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school's scandal . But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.
With the emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls, The Divines is a compulsively readable debut novel, exploring the intoxicating, destructive relationship between teenage girls.