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Schooling by Heather McGowan

Schooling (edition 2001)

by Heather McGowan

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Authors:Heather McGowan
Info:Faber and Faber (2001), Paperback
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Schooling by Heather McGowan

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McGown's style is definitely challenging - the reader must ease into the words before (s)he can ease into the story. The effort is well worth the while, however.

The author leads us into a world of ambiguity where admiration and friendship and where the need to help and protect turn to passion. The shift is subtle but relentless and the reader is always left guessing as to how far things where go, how silent or vocal bystanders will be, how helpless or instigating the characters really are. It's a portrayal of generosity turned weakness and neediness turned cruelty. No one comes out of the story unscathed, reader included. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Dec 8, 2013 |
Catrine is sent back from the States to her Dad's old boarding school in the U.K. after the death of her mother. She is very much a fish out of water, by her actions and her accent, and finds a friend in the form of the art-loving chemistry teacher.
The book is written in a very breathy style, half thoughts, interruptions, making it a bit alienating at first and forcing me to slow down and really pay attention. The writing style works, mimicking well the meandering mind of a teenage girl. ( )
  soffitta1 | Dec 14, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375714324, Paperback)

Heather McGowan’s 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 character’s 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 mother’s 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.

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