My Last Innocent Year
Isabel Rosen, daughter of an appetizing store owner on New York’s Lower East Side, has always felt out of place at her prestigious New Hampshire university. Not only is she of a different socioeconomic background than most other students at Wilder, but she is also one of only a handful of Jewish students. Finally, as she enters her final semester in 1998, she is feeling more comfortable. And then her world is upended by a nonconsensual sexual encounter. This sets in motion a series of events and tragedies, and Isabel’s journey to find and trust her own voice, and to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, this is a well-crafted story of power dynamics and self-discovery. Recommended by Nancy
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An incisive, deeply resonant debut novel about a nonconsensual sexual encounter that propels one woman’s final semester at an elite New England college into controversy and chaos—and into an ill-advised affair with a married professor.