Indecent: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 6, 2018 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Blurring the lines of blame and moral ambiguity, Indecent by Corinne Sullivan is a smart, sexy debut.

Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools, having secretly longed to attend one since she was a girl in Buffalo, New York. So, shortly after her college graduation, when she’s offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys.

When Imogene meets handsome, popular Adam Kipling a few weeks into her tenure there, a student who exudes charm and status and ease, she’s immediately drawn to him. Who is this boy who flirts with her without fear of being caught? Who is this boy who seems immune to consequences and worry; a boy for whom the world will always provide?

As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she’s unable to recognize the danger she’s in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent.

Exploring issues of class, sex, and gender, this smart, sexy debut by Corrine Sullivan shatters the black-and-white nature of victimhood, taking a close look at blame and moral ambiguity.

 

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

This is a tale of a young teacher-in-training at a boarding school who has an affair with a student. If you're thinking this isn't going to end well, you're right. As I read this novel, I felt a lot ... Read full review

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In Sullivan’s tense and surprising debut, recent college graduate Imogene Abney begins a yearlong teaching apprenticeship at the elite Vandenberg School for Boys in Scarsdale, N.Y., a place “steeped ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
20
Section 3
38
Section 4
51
Section 5
65
Section 6
80
Section 7
94
Section 8
109
Section 12
157
Section 13
172
Section 14
188
Section 15
203
Section 16
221
Section 17
237
Section 18
251
Section 19
264

Section 9
121
Section 10
133
Section 11
145
Section 20
283
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About the author (2018)

CORINNE SULLIVAN studied English with a Creative Writing Concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications. Indecent is her debut novel.

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