The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post opens with 12-year-old Cam receiving devastating news: her parents have been killed in a car crash at Quake Lake, Montana. As she copes with her grief, she is also plagued by guilt — because at the time of her parents’ passing, she was having the best moment of her young life: kissing her best friend Irene.

Soon, Cam has settled into a new routine. She’s living with her endlessly upbeat but conservative aunt Ruth; losing herself in the electrifying scenes of rented movies; and growing closer to Coley Taylor, the prettiest girl in town. Cam struggles to hide her sexuality from her friends, but she soon finds herself facing an even greater hurdle: overcoming her aunt’s religious ideas about how to “fix” her.

Absorbing from the start, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age story filled with characters who are fascinating, infuriating, and unforgettable.

“I remember that my dad used to say that Montana only has two seasons: winter and construction. I’ve heard lots of people say it since then, but I still think of it as something my dad said, something I remember him saying from when I was really, really little. I know all the reasons why people say stuff like that, the good-natured kidding about a state you’re actually completely in love with; the folksy way of articulating the suffocating qualities of a seemingly endless Montana winter and annoyances of the summer that so soon follows; the way a saying like that encapsulates just how present the natural world is in Montana, and how aware of it you are — the sky, the land, the weather, all of it.”

Emily M. Danforth is an American novelist and short story writer. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is her debut novel.

Published: 2012
Length: 470 pages
Set in: Miles City and Billings, Montana, U.S.