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Summer 2022 Spotlight Selection

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The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

Author: Read by: Karissa Vacker, Teri Clark Linden, Maggi-Meg Reed Genre: Biographical Fiction Publisher: Harper Release Year: 2022 Length: 272 pages / 8h 28m

Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives that build on one another, a daring and brilliant debut novel that reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.

A seductive literary mystery and multigenerational story inspired by true events, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to life—that of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities.  

Estee, a seasoned curator for a small Massachusetts auction house, makes an astonishing find: the original manuscript of Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, written by hand in her journals fifty-five years earlier. Vetting the document, Estee will discover she’s connected to Plath’s legacy in an unexpected way. 

Plath’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Barnhouse, treats Plath during the dark days she spends at McLean Hospital following a suicide attempt and eventually helps set the talented poet and writer on a path toward literary greatness.  

Poet Boston Rhodes, a malicious literary rival, pushes Plath to write about her experiences at McLean, tipping her into a fatal spiral of madness and ultimately forging her legacy.   

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer. Suspenseful and beautifully written, Kravetz’s masterful literary novel is a hugely appealing read.

"Kravetz, a magnetizing storyteller with a satiric wit, has crafted an incisive, suspenseful, and head-spinning tale of the perils of artistic obsession, coveted objects, ferocious ambition, and tragic betrayal."


"Refreshing…Some biographical novels resolve mysteries; few heighten them as Mr. Kravetz’s does."

New York Sun

In case you missed it: hoopla Book Club in conversation with Diane C. McPhail

Check out our virtual discussion with Diane C. McPhail, bestselling author of THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS, a hoopla Book Club selection!

In THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS, Diane delivers a captivating story of two women whose lives are woven together by chance in the dangerous world of New Orleans at the turn of the century.

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