Kimberly McCreight spent years denying her passion for writing. But after a successful yet unfulfilling career in law, she was determined to finally pursue her dream. Reconstructing Amelia (Harper), her stunning debut novel, is the story of a young girl's tragic death and the heartbreaking truth about the last troubled days of her life. Kate Baron's daughter, Amelia, has jumped to her death from the roof of her exclusive, Brooklyn private school after being accused of cheating. At least, that's the story Kate is told. And it is the one she believes until she gets an anonymous text, saying: "Amelia didn't jump." Kate sets out to learn the truth, reconstructing her daughter's life through her emails, texts, and status updates. Speaking to audiences about her harrowing tale and issues affecting today's parents and adolescents, such as cyberbullying, McCreight is a perfect fit for schools, libraries, parenting organizations, and community reading groups.
McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After several years as a litigation associate at some of New York City's biggest law firms, she left the practice of law to write full-time. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times''Motherlode, Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, Babble, and New York Magazine online. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters.
Praise for Reconstructing Amelia:
"...this is the novel most likely to be found in coming weeks not on the beach but on the F train."
-- New York Times
"Like Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year....In her debut novel, Kimberly McCreight spins a riveting narrative that somehow delivers thoughtful commentary on working-mom guilt, bullying, police corruption, and Gossip Girl. Every single twist in Reconstructing Amelia is clever, and rightfully earned."
-- Entertainment Weekly, Grade A Review
"We love a powerful debut, and this is just that.... It's Mean Girls meets The Secret History meets the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd--and it's unputdownable."
-- Daily Candy
"Reconstructing Amelia is a clever, scary mean-girls tale."
-- USA Today
"Vivid, disturbing and timely, McCreight's novel explores the world of cyber bullying and the devastating impact it has on one young girl's life. Chilling and suspenseful, with a knockout ending you won't see coming, this is the kind of book you'll be pressing into everyone's hands."
-- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
"Kimberly McCreight has crafted a heartrending and intricate novel that explores the turmoil of adolescence. Reconstructing Amelia is so riveting that I read it in one sitting."
-- Masha Hamilton, author of 31 Hours and The Camel Bookmobile
"In this heart-wrenching story of secrets and betrayal, Amelia's mother, Kate, is taken places no parent should ever have to go as she tries to piece together the truth about her daughter's tragic death. McCreight captures the complexities, cruelty, and angst of teenage girls so well my stomach was in knots. What really happened to Amelia? You'll find yourself staying up all night to find out."
-- Jennifer McMahon, New York Times - bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls
"Reconstructing Amelia is a brilliantly plotted and beautifully written literary suspense, as enthralling as it is moving. With remarkable insight and sensitivity, McCreight explores the complexities of what it means to be both a mother and a daughter in this confusing, often terrifying age of social media and, in the process, tells a riveting, unforgettable story."
-- Andrew Porter, Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author of The Theory of Light and Matter and In Between Days
"Kimberly McCreight has written a gripping mystery that moves as swiftly as a luge ride under its heavy topical weight. Tackling a thorny issue of school bullying head-on, Reconstructing Amelia entertains even as it explores the hardest kind of death to accept -- the death of a child."
-- Emily Raboteau, author of The Professor's Daughter and Searching For Zion
"McCreight's haunting debut will stay with you long after you are done reading. The main characters feel relatable and it is easy to feel sympathy for their situation. Even though the ending is known right away, you'll hope against hope for a happily ever after for the characters that you've become so invested in. This fantastic book whets your appetite for more from McCreight."
-- RT Book Reviews (April Top Pick)