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Fascinating relationships - definitely worth the read,
This review is from: Alone in the Classroom (Hardcover)
Children are out picking chokeberries. Ethel does not return and the whole neighbourhood is out looking for her.
Decades later Connie Flood, a journalist, tries to make sense of Ethel's case and uncovers some demons from her own past. Early in Connie's career she was a teacher, working with several classes of children, including Michael and Susan Graves, devoted brother and sister. She works particularly hard with Michael, who has been branded `thick' by the unpleasant and overly authoritarian head teacher, Parley Burns. Although he has trouble reading and writing, Michael is clearly not stupid and with Connie's help he makes great strides.
I sometimes found myself confused as to whether I was reading about the long distant past, or Connie's past or present, probably due to being confused by the various funerals taking place. Apart from that, I found this a very interesting read that raised some thought provoking topics.
The various different relationships are also fascinating - brother/sister, teacher/pupil, teacher/head teacher, husband/wife, aunt/niece, colleagues - all somehow interwoven in unexpected ways.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will definitely look out for other books by her. And I will enjoy reading this again.
Definitely worth the read.