Forced by a personal scandal to withdraw from her post at a Philadelphia school, Imogene Grelznick, a gifted teacher and strong-willed woman, rebuilds her life and career in a western Pennsylvania farming community. Imogene becomes a mentor to fifteen-year-old Sarah, an inquisitive student bursting with promise. As time passes, teacher and student are bound by a strong kinship. When Imogene attempts to save Sarah from an abusive and loveless marriage, her own past resurfaces, ripping apart the sanctuary she and Sarah have sought to create. Fleeing their hopeless existence, Imogene and the weakened Sarah travel across country to Nevada, and as the teacher tenderly nurses her fragile student back to health, the two women form a bond of trust and devotion, of respect and love -- one that society deems forbidden.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cecily2 - LibraryThing
Not well written. I was going to say that it wasn't badly written, either, although that isn't exactly true - but it's written in such a way that I can go for several pages at a time without seeing a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blakefraina - LibraryThing
Whew. I can’t say I enjoyed this novel, exactly. Although I don’t regret reading it either. But I do feel as if I've been put through the ringer a bit. Mystery writer Nevada Barr’s foray into ... Read full review