Gilmore Girls meets Wuthering Heights in Mary O'Connell's Dear Reader, a whip-smart, poignant, modern-day take on Emily Brontë's classic novel.
For 17-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney's AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach Flannery's favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong.
The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything - except Miss Sweeney's copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds on to. And a good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City - and she's in trouble.
So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: She skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, and incredibly smart - yet he's never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact Flannery can't help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë's novel. Could it be?
This program includes a bonus interview with the author.
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