The Fiction Class

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Penguin, Feb 26, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
34 Reviews
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A witty, honest, and hugely entertaining story for anyone who loves books, or has a difficult mother. And, let’s face it, that’s practically everybody . . .

On paper, Arabella Hicks seems more than qualified to teach her fiction class on the Upper West Side: she’s a writer herself; she’s passionate about books; she’s even named after the heroine in a Georgette Heyer novel.

On the other hand, she’s thirty-eight, single, and has been writing the same book for the last seven years. And she has been distracted recently: on the same day that Arabella teaches her class she also visits her mother in a nursing home outside the city. And every time they argue. Arabella wants the fighting to stop, but, as her mother puts it, “Just because we’re family, doesn’t mean we have to like each other.” When her class takes a surprising turn and her lessons start to spill over into her weekly visits, she suddenly finds she might be holding the key to her mother’s love and, dare she say it, her own inspiration. After all, as a lifelong lover of books, she knows the power of a good story.
 

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User Review  - kebets - LibraryThing

This book was recommended to my by my high school English teacher who happens to be my daughter's English teacher. It was the perfect book - short, sweet and interesting! Thanks, Mary!! The premise is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rhonda Filipan - Goodreads

Here's the deal: Arabella Hicks is a "wanna-be" novelist who teaches a fiction-writing class in an adult education program once a week. Afterwards, she visits her dying mother, Vera, in the nursing ... Read full review

Contents

GETTING STARTED
CHARACTER
CHAPTER THREE
POINT OF VIEW
DESCRIPTION
THE PARTY
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER TWELVE
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Susan Breen teaches fiction classes for Gotham Writersa Workshop in Manhattan. Her short stories have been published by a number of literary magazines, among them "American Literary Review" and "North Dakota Quarterly," She is also a contributor to "The Writer" and "Writersa Digest,

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