How can an eighteen-year-old who is haunted by the world's problems possibly concentrate on chemistry and trigonometry?
Raine Rassaby is a senior at St. Ursula's Academy in New York City, but rather than study, she rescues wounded birds, arranges pilgrimages to nuclear missile silos, befriends street people, gets arrested, and organizes a group called St. Ursula's Girls Against the Atomic Bomb. The Mother Superior, hoping to set Raine on a more wholesome path, sends her to the school guidance counselor. But the counselor, Al Klepatar, is beleaguered by problems of his own. He has lost interest in his work and suspects that his wife is falling in love with another man.
Al is strangely drawn into Raine's life, and the more he becomes involved in her passions, the less he understands himself. In the depths of their fractured worlds, Raine and Al are surprised by what they discover--about the world and about themselves.
Praise for St. Ursula's Girls Against the Atomic Bomb:
"Raine Rassaby, precocious, insightful, wryly funny and hilariously brave, is the most engaging character I have met in some time. This beautifully written novel is sheer delight."
--Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever, National Book Award winner.
"Each page shimmers with idiosyncratic beauty and compassion and a deep abiding love for this amazing planet and all its inhabitants..."
--Gayle Brandeis, winner of the Bellwether Prize, 2002, for The Book of Dead Birds
"Oh, if only poor Holden could have met Raine Rassaby. He would have fallen for this young woman hard, as does any reader with the heart of a seeker."
--Tom Paine, author of Scar Vegas and Pearl of Kuwait
"I am completely in love with this book and its amazing heroine. A beautiful, surprising, transporting piece of work. Lucky you, reading it for the first time. Buy it!"
--Karen Joy Fowler, author of Sister Noon and The Jane Austen Book Club