Clair has relocated to Amherst, MA with her father after her mother’s suicide and the disappearance of her best friend Richy. Plagued by sadness and what ifs, Clair finds solace in Emily Dickinson. Her poetry, her home, her life, even her dress become soothing balms to Clair’s hurt.
Clair breaks into the Emily Dickinson house and steals her dress. With the help of her less-than-appropriately behaved student teacher, Tate, Clair attempts to right some wrongs. Will she discover what really happened to Richy? Will she come to terms with her mother’s death? Will Emily’s dress be returned in one piece? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things is a lyrical gem. Kathryn Burak strikes the perfect tone between mystery and self-discovery. Never a fan of Dickinson or poetry myself, I am now off to get acquainted with Emily and her works.