Synopses & Reviews
A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n' roll, and freedoms she never knew existed.
Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu's real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.
“The intimate portrait the novel offers of India at this specific point in its history is compelling, as is the dramatic relationship between Charu and the deeply troubled Moira.” Booklist
“A vivid debut novel.” National Geographic Traveler
“Exotic, mysterious, and haunting, MISS TIMMINS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS kept me up late for some delicious, spooky reading nights. I adored this book.” Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals
“An irresistible novel that hurls forward at breathtaking speed toward an unpredictable climax.” Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven
“Beautifully written, atmospheric and very funny. Ms. Currimbhoys debut novel contains entire worlds. I couldnt put it down.” Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story
“Currimbhoys fiction debut is an absorbing atmospheric thriller. . . . [A] gripping tale.” Publishers Weekly
"An irresistible novel that hurls forward at breathtaking speed toward an unpredictable climax."
--Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us
"Beautifully written, atmospheric...contains entire worlds. I couldn't put it down."
--Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan
Miss Timmins' School for Girls is the truly dazzling debut of a major novelist, Nayana Currimbhoy. Set in India during the monsoon of 1974, it tells the story of a conventional young girl who leaves her cloistered small town home to teach at a remote boarding school run by British Missionaries. Part coming-of-age novel, part suspenseful murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is a brilliant evocation of a colorful time and place--India during the love, drug, and rock 'n' roll era--complete with the sights, sounds, and music of the period seamlessly woven into the page-turning tale.
A dazzling debut novel set in India during the monsoon season of 1974, MISS TIMMINS' SCHOOL FOR GIRLS part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery tells the story of a young English teacher who starts out seeking love, but ends up finding freedom.