Miss Bannister's Girls





Louise Tanner (1922-2000)
Miss Bannister’s Girls
New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1963

I first read Miss Bannister’s Girls in the 70s when the
New York world of a fictional (well, sort of!) private girls
school and the life stories of its various denizens was only
twenty or thirty years in the rear-view mirror. Since then,
as a lifelong New Yorker, I have reread it every five or ten
years, marveling at its acerbic wit, sharp eye for detail,
and hilarious but touching biographies of the “girls.”

It is a great, hidden gem of a New York world that is not
really gone. It is suitable for young adults, but only we
older folk will get all the humorous allusions!

Caroline Berry (member)
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