Read the 2006 site summary report on the abandoned Old Holy Rosary Hospital.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Old Holy Rosary Hospital

There were nine empty stories of exam rooms, operating rooms, extended care rooms, and offices, plus a cafeteria and kitchen still glinting with stainless-steel counters and shelves, all connected by a labyrinth of seemingly endless hallways….

But it was the older section of the hospital…that became the ultimate destination for dare fulfillment. It was creepy enough from the outside, the Spanish-style architecture crumbling from age, broken windows, a weathered stone cross at the top, all the classic dark-and-stormy-night elements. Any teenager could tell you that a place like that just had to be worse on the inside. (77)

Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.

About the Book

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age novel about a pre-teen girl who is discovering her own homosexuality. After her parents die in a car crash, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt. She develops a relationship with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl, but once she is outed she is sent to God’s Promise, a “de-gaying” camp where Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

Visit to explore a virtual version of Cameron Post’s dollhouse, watch the book trailer, follow fictional Tumblr accounts for the book’s characters, and find a book club guide.

While the settings in The Miseducation of Cameron clearly reference actual locales, it is understood that the book—including its places—is ultimately the product of the author’s imagination. The intent of this literary map is to enrich the reading experience by interpreting those places, not to render them literally or definitively.

About the Author

Emily M. Danforth

Emily M. Danforth was born and raised in Miles City, Montana. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short fiction has won the International Queer Writing Award from the U.K.’s Chroma Magazine, and the George Garret Award from Willow Springs. She teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College in Providence.