Marta Acosta Dark Companion

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Dark Companion

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9780765329653: Dark Companion

Jane Eyre meets gritty reality in Dark Companion, an eerie, disturbing, and romantic Gothic YA debut by award-winning author Marta Acosta--now in trade paperback.

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. She finds herself accepted by a group of amazing girls. She even starts tutoring the headmistress's gorgeous son, Lucien. He represents everything that Jane has done without in her miserable life, and she thinks that if she can have him, she'll also have security, family, and safety from the dangerous world.

The more she learns about Birch Grove's recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the previous scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien's brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to these puzzles, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove--and what she would give up to stay there. Because even the brightest people make terrible decisions when they're offered everything they've always needed. And that's exactly what powerful forces were counting on when they invited a vulnerable and isolated teenager to live among them.

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From the Author:

Dark Companion was inspired by my love for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. When I was a girl reading this classic gothic novel, my heart broke for orphan Jane, who was thrown out of her home and sent to brutal Lowood School for Girls. Jane had to survive by her wits, but she was always at the mercy of more powerful people.

What would a girl like Jane experience in today's world? She would endure ugliness and violence, and be exploited by those who seek isolated and vulnerable prey. Readers should be warned that some of the scenes are disturbing, just as classic Gothic novels are disturbing. (The thought of young Jane Eyre sleeping beside the cold body of her friend Helen always gives me shivers.)

My character Jane Williams discovers that education can provide her with an escape from misery and poverty. She studies as if her life depends on it -- because it does. When she's offered a full scholarship and her own cottage at the exclusive Birch Grove Academy, she believes she's safe. But, as another character says, "The rich are different. They hide the bodies and think they're so clean and nice."

Jane is a survivor, but she's still young, inexperienced, and lonely. She makes terrible mistakes -- because even smart people do foolish things when their emotional needs override their intellect.

The dark themes don't dominate the story, and there are many positive characters and messages about friendship and love. I had so much fun writing the character of Mary Violet Holiday, a cheerful, poetry-spouting girl who immediately befriends Jane. I used the gothic trope of "twinning" in this book, and Mary Violet's happy family and loving mother are the bright twin to the Headmistress's dark, mysterious family.

About the Author:

MARTA ACOSTA is the author of the award-winning Casa Dracula series. She received degrees in creative writing and literature from Stanford University and has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times. Her books have been selected as: Book Sense Pick, Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick, Catalina Magazine Humor Book of the Year, and BookPage Notable pick. Marta lives in the San Francisco bay area with her family.

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