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Caitrin Jones, a young American, is sent to an English boarding school after her mother dies of cancer. Thrust into an unfriendly world and ridiculed for her American accent, Caitrin lays bare her thoughts and feelings in a luminous stream-of-consciousness narrative. Memories of Isabelle, the best friend she left behind in Maine, give way to dreams haunted by images of an accidental death she believes they caused before she left for England; newly awakened hopes and desires interweave with the old as she gradually adjusts to her new environment. When she begins a relationship with her chemistry teacher, her language soars to astonishing heights; its painful end brings forth words and images that subtly reflect Caitlin's deeper understanding of herself and the world. Culminating in a startling revelation, Schooling is a work of great beauty and power, a tour de force of literary artistry, allusion and illusion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 20mm | 220g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 0571206719
  • 9780571206711
  • 714,587

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'It is a comfort to find the real thing... and this unsettling, imperfect, but formidable debut is no exception.' Times Literary Supplement; 'I want to say Schooling is the best book I've ever read... and the only book quite unlike any other. It gives you faith that novels can be different' London Review of Books
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318 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 19% (59)
4 22% (69)
3 29% (92)
2 19% (62)
1 11% (36)
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