Alone in the Classroom (Paperback)Elizabeth Hay (author)
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In a small prairie school in 1929, Connie Flood helps a backward student, Michael Graves, learn how to read. Observing them and darkening their lives is the principal, Parley Burns, whose strange behaviour culminates in an attack so disturbing its repercussions continue to the present day.
Connie's niece, Anne, tells the story. Impelled by curiosity about her dynamic, adventurous aunt and her more conventional mother, she revisits Connie's past and her mother's broken childhood. In the process she unravels the enigma of Parley Burns and the mysterious, and unrelated, deaths of two young girls.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 198 g
Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 19 mm
'Unforgettable characters, in particular the brave, resolute Connie Flood' Jessica Mann, Literary Review. * Literary Review *
'A highly accomplished and resourceful writer' Paul Binding, Spectator. * Spectator *
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This is an extremely well written, intriguing novel that tries to do a number of things: portray a touching love story, present the reader with the mysterious deaths of two young girls (years apart), and explore the... More
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A touching story that resonated with me so that at times I found myself pausing to think of my own life and family. I liked the way the plot unfolded so that the way I viewed the character Parley Burns changed as I... More
“A book where every sentence can be luxuriated in”
This is ultimately a beautifully written work, where as a reader you need to make sure every word and phrase is carefully digested. No good will come of skim reading! Hay delights in carefully crafted and evocative... More
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