Bittersweet

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Perennial, 1999 - Fiction - 362 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (1999)

Nevada Barr was born on March 1, 1952. She is the author of a series of mysteries involving national parks. She draws on her own experience as a National Park Service ranger to thrill readers with the majesty of nature. Anna Pigeon, the heroine of such novels as A Superior Death and Endangered Species, is a rough-and-tough ranger who left the wilds of New York for the great outdoors, and is modeled after Barr. Barr began writing in 1978, garnering national attention with the publication in 1993 of Track of the Cat, which won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for Best First Mystery Novel. Her novels are known for breathtaking descriptions of nature, diverse settings, and a no-nonsense heroine. She also provides frequently unflattering portrayals of the National Park Service. Her works include 13 1/2, Winterstudy, Borderline, Burn, The Rope and Destroyer Angel.

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