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A classic slice of Southern Gothic, shot through with psychological suspense - now the basis for Sofia Coppola's highly anticipated new film starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst.

When an injured Union soldier is found in the Virginia woods as the civil War rages, he is brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies to recover. for the sheltered girls and their teachers, the arrival of the attractive John McBurney is a thrilling distraction from normal life. But before long, McBurney's presence will turn them against each other and upend all their lives - with potentially devastating consequences.

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  • Paperback

    9780241321812

    July 3, 2017

    Penguin Classics

    400 pages

    RRP $26.00

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