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The English teacher: a novel

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With superb craftsmanship, effortlessly suspenseful pacing, and tenderly observed insight, Lily King expertly limns the life of an independent single mother and her fifteen-year-old son, who is on a circuitous path toward a truth she has long concealed from him. Fifteen years ago Vida Avery arrived alone and pregnant at elite Fayer Academy. 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. As Vida begins teaching her signature book, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," a tale of an ostracized woman and social injustice, its themes begin to echo eerily in her own life and Peter sees that the mother he perceived as indomitable is collapsing and it is up to him to help. "The English Teacher" is a passionate tale of a mother and son's vital bond and a provocative look at our notions of intimacy, honesty, loyalty, family, and the real meaning of home.
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9781555846640
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From the author of The Pleasing Hour: A "moving and deeply absorbing" novel of painful truths and the refuge of fiction set in a New England prep school (Newsday).

A Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly Best Novel

Fifteen years ago, English teacher Vida Avery arrived alone and pregnant at the elite Fayer Academy. Living on the campus off the coast of New England, she worked to become a beloved fixture of the school—and to shelter herself and her son, Peter, from a painful secret she left behind.

Then she accepts the impulsive marriage proposal of ardent widower Tom Belou, and the prescribed life Vida has constructed begins to come apart. As Peter bonds with Tom and his new stepsiblings, Vida retreats further into the books she teaches. To embrace life and a chance at happiness, she will have to face the nightmares of her former self—and shed the pain she has held onto for far too long.

Following her multiple award-winning debut, The Pleasing Hour, Lily King has written a "domestic drama with the adrenalin-fueled beating heart of a thriller" (Elle).

"King is a wonderfully engaging writer who creates characters and situations we can't resist." —The Washington Post

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subject_facet English teachers -- Fiction, Islands -- Fiction, Large type books, New England -- Fiction, Remarried people -- Fiction, Stepfamilies -- Fiction
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