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Schoolingby Heather Mcgowan
Synopses & Reviews
Heather McGowans widely praised first novel introduces a literary artist of consummate skill, and a narrative voice of astonishing sensitivity and sensuousness. Tracking every mercurial shift of her characters consciousness, the result is dreamy, disquieting, and achingly alive.
Schooling is a portrait of an adolescent girl, thirteen-year-old Catrine Evans, who following her mothers death is uprooted from her home in America to an English boarding school. There she encounters classmates who sniff glue and engage in arson and instructors who make merciless fun of her accent. She also finds the sympathetic chemistry teacher Mr. Gilbert, who offers Catrine the friendship she so desperately wants-a friendship that gradually takes on sinister and obsessive overtones.
"A thrilling, crystalline novel of adolescent consciousness, a brilliantly unflinching marriage of lyricism and erudition, a book which, like the best books, contains a whole, urgent, and unforgettable world." Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
"So gorgeous and fluid, so achingly alive, you will remember what it's like to read something brand new." Alice Hoffman, author of The River King
"McGowan works in an experimental mode. At once lush and harsh, and inventive in form, the novel reads like an extended sensory exercise. Readers who prefer a straightforward narrative may be bemused, but those willing to accept the challenge will be rewarded with a beautifully written coming-of-age tale." Publishers Weekly
"Not since David Foster Wallace's Broom of the System (1986) has a literary debut been so refreshingly inventive and successful." Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Heather McGowan is the author of the novel Schooling, which was listed as a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, the Detroit Free Press, and the Hartford Courant. She lives in Brooklyn.
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