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Publisher Comments:

Written when Cathy Coote was nineteen, Innocents is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of an obsession, the debut of a precociously assured and provocative young literary voice. Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? And if the victim is her thirty-four-year-old teacher, shouldn't he have known better? When the nameless young narrator of Innocents decides to seduce her teacher, she immediately realizes that the power of her sexuality is greater than she ever imagined. She leaves the aunt and uncle who are her guardians and moves in with her teacher; together, they quickly embark on a journey into their darkest desires. Unforgettable, disturbing, and morally complex, Innocents permanently unsettles our notions of innocence, experience, and power, and suggests that we all are culpable.

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"Coote deserves acclaim not just for the narrator's remarkably compelling voice but for so ruthlessly limning her deepening psychosis. Without falling back on dime-store psychology, she does not forget for a moment that true dementia lurks in the girl's behavior. Tar-black comedy and psychosexual gamesmanship-both make for an enthralling and ultimately sobering debut." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Written when Coote was 19, "Innocents" is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of an obsession. Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802139276
Author:
Coote, Cathy
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Seduction
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
TR-02-1
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.5 oz

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Product details 256 pages Grove Press - English 9780802139276 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Coote deserves acclaim not just for the narrator's remarkably compelling voice but for so ruthlessly limning her deepening psychosis. Without falling back on dime-store psychology, she does not forget for a moment that true dementia lurks in the girl's behavior. Tar-black comedy and psychosexual gamesmanship-both make for an enthralling and ultimately sobering debut."
"Synopsis" by , Written when Coote was 19, "Innocents" is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of an obsession. Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable?
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