The English Teacher

The English Teacher

eBook - 2007
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Chosen by the Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Novels of 2005, Lily King's new novel is a story about an independent woman and her fifteen-year-old son, and the truth she has long concealed from him. Fifteen years ago Vida Avery arrived alone and pregnant at elite Fayer Academy. She has since become a fixture and one of the best teachers Fayer has ever had. By living on campus, on an island off the New England coast, Vida has cocooned herself and her son, Peter, from the outside world and from an inside secret. For years she has lived largely through the books she teaches, but when she accepts the impulsive marriage proposal of ardent widower Tom Belou, the prescribed life Vida has constructed is swiftly dismantled.This is a passionate tale of a mother and son's vital bond and a provocative look at our notions of intimacy, honesty, loyalty, and the real meaning of home. A triumphant and masterful follow-up to her multi-award-winning debut, The English Teacher confirms Lily King as one of the most accomplished and vibrant young voices of today.
Publisher: 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. LaVergne : Grove Press, Black Cat, 2007. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3053 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781555846640

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

The writing is good. One sticks with it to the end. Don't know what this says about the reader.

This is the second novel of Lily King's I've read hoping the 'heroine' would off herself and let all the people she's been abusing get on with their lives and find some happiness.

Why does this author write about dysfunctional and somewhat abusive but "wildly attractive" (according to her) women who have some terrible secret to hide from their distant past that makes them irresistible to decent men and children?

I'm tempted but determined to stay away from The Pleasing Hour until I've read something positive and uplifting beforehand.

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MajorMajorX2
Feb 07, 2016

This is the third Lily King book I've read, kicked off after reading Euphoria, DPL's Community Read. It is interesting reading her books in reverse chronological order. Euphoria is by far the best of the three I've read so far, and you can see some commons themes throughout all of them. Strong but flawed female characters, alcoholism, teachers, sex, etc.

I wasn't sure I liked this book as I started reading it. The getting married and then having a breakdown thing often bores me. I've just read it too often. However, the breakdown and the aftermath actually go somewhere new and interesting, with a plot twist I saw coming a long ways off but that was still interesting when it happened. I like this one better than Father of the Rain but not as much as Euphoria.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

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