The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair

eBook - 2010
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Elizabeth Channing comes to teach art at the Chatham School in 1926, bringing with her a world of experiences far different from those of the people in the small Cape Cod village, and setting off a scandal that haunts student Henry Griswald into his old age.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, [2010]
ISBN: 9780307434838
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 22, 2018

Henry Griswald reflects on events during a year in 1927 when beautiful Miss Channing comes to teach at his father’s Cape Cod Chatham School. There’s a haunting sense of foreboding and foreshadowing on every page. The mystery unfolded slowly, too slowly for me. I was sold by the Edgar Award win, but expected something more intriguing.

Nov 05, 2012

In this lyrically written mystery a woman appears in a small town in 1926 to teach art at a private school. Henry, the narrator, now an old man, as a schoolboy becomes enthralled with Miss Chapman, a romantic figure who has travelled the world. What follows is forbidden romance, tragic death, and misplaced blame. Darkly tragic, the author continually throws tidbits of foreshadowing to the reader that keeps you turning pages. The story is tragic for all involved but especially for Henry who, instead of learning of the redemption love can provide, forever rejects it and ends up living a cold and lonely life.

Jul 23, 2011

A winner.

Jul 12, 2010

An incredibly engaging and thoughtful book. A must read.

Jun 30, 2010

Interesting perspective and an unexpected twist; engaging and thrilling.

Jun 28, 2005

This is a book that I have thought about over and over long after I have finished reading it. A young teacher comes to a small New England town to teach in a boys school. Her outlook on life is so different that she soon enthralls the headmaster''s son, Henry. He observes her affair with another teacher and tries to be a confident and ally. But soon things turn bad and the tragedy that ensues precludes a surprise ending that changes everyone and everything for Henry. Told in flashbacks this novel is the story of how radical people are like a stone thrown in a pond, but beware the tidal wave if the stone is too big!

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