By Elizabeth Hay
In a small prairie university in 1929, Connie Flood is helping a suffering scholar, Michael Graves, the best way to learn. watching them and darkening their lives is the primary, Parley Burns, whose unusual habit culminates in an assault so aggravating its repercussions proceed to the current day. Connie's niece, Anne, tells the tale. Impelled through interest approximately her dynamic, adventurous aunt and her extra traditional mom, she revisits Connie's previous and her mother's damaged adolescence. within the technique she unravels the enigma of Parley Burns and the mysterious, and unrelated, deaths of 2 younger women. because the novel strikes deeper into their lives, the triangle of primary, instructor, scholar opens out into different emotional triangles--aunt, niece, lover; mom, daughter, granddaughter--until a surprising, capsizing love thrusts Anne herself right into a newly autonomous existence.
This spellbinding tale--set in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley--crosses generations and cuts to the bone. It probes the roots of obsessive love and hate, how the hurts and needs of youth persist and are handed on, as though within the blood. It lays naked the urgency of learning what we have been by no means instructed concerning the earlier. And it celebrates the method of changing into who we're in an international packed with startling connections that lie simply out of sight.
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Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay