By Liza Wieland

ISBN-10: 047211672X

ISBN-13: 9780472116720

A modest, quiet girl, Mara Raynor by no means dreamed she'd at some point locate herself in command of the small inner most university in Washington, D.C., the place for a few years she taught song and choir. yet after the unforeseen dying of her husband, the school's headmaster, Mara unearths herself thrust into the general public eye, stressed not only with the tasks of appearing headmaster---a function she by no means wanted---but additionally with a very likely explosive political and non secular controversy that assessments mom and dad' and faculty directors' spirit of tolerance.

When a Sikh pupil is stuck donning a ceremonial knife on university grounds, worry spreads between mom and dad and the varsity board. Coming on the comparable second because the disappearance of Mara's teenage daughter, the talk speedy assumes a much more own nature. not only any pupil, the Sikh boy is either the son of a lady with whom Mara stocks a sophisticated earlier and---as Mara quickly discovers---her personal daughter's boyfriend.

As it strikes backward and forward in time among the college in modern Washington and a ladies' boarding tuition within the British geographical region in 1977, A Watch of Nightingales weaves a wealthy and textured exploration of worry and regret, the mysteries of affection, and the advanced tensions that ring down the generations from father or mother to child.

''Conjuring the entwined lives of lecturers and scholars in faculties (and generations) on both sides of the Atlantic, A Watch of Nightingales stands along The best of omit Jean Brodie and Goodbye, Mr Chips as a testomony to the obligations, rewards, and hazards of educating. it is a e-book of luminous perception and quiet yet telling knowledge, approximately early life and adulthood and the bridge of loss and regret that connects them. Liza Wieland's is a mature and deeply relocating imaginative and prescient, conveyed in prose that sings as certain and transparent because the birds of her title.'' ---Peter Ho Davies, writer of The Welsh Girl

Praise for Liza Wieland: ''[T]here is a the Aristocracy and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism lacking from a lot sleek fiction and makes those tales completely soaking up adventures of the heart.'' ---Ron Hansen, writer of Exiles: A Novel

''Liza Wieland is familiar with right down to the bone how loneliness and love compel her characters to make their very unlikely offerings. not just does she have a searing intelligence and knowledge, her prose is by way of turns swish and astonishing.'' ---Jane Hamilton, writer of A Map of the World

Liza Wieland is the writer of 4 prior works of fiction: The Names of the Lost; Discovering America; You Can Sleep whereas I Drive; and Bombshell, in addition to a quantity of poems, Near Alcatraz. Her paintings has been presented Pushcart Prizes, in addition to fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, the Christopher Isherwood beginning, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She teaches inventive writing and literature at East Carolina collage in Greenville, North Carolina.

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She could see no pleasure in Kokila’s face. Her expression was stern, reproving, as if she were the teacher. “We’ll just go up this way,” Miss Ellis said, leading her out a side door. “It’s the same building, but I wouldn’t want to take you through the kitchen. ” She laughed then, a silvery sound in the night air. “Tomorrow, you’ll see Mr. Sutcliffe, the headmaster, and he’ll tell you about your classes, and all that sort of thing. ” “History,” Mara said. ” “Ah, very good. ” “Good, good. Mr. Dalglish is teaching a French literature course that sounds very promising.

Those broad shoulders. ” “Not that I’ve heard. ” She walked back into the darkened living room, peered again through the shutters. The empty street. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was. The lines from the song sliced into her head. This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife. The street light illuminated the road, making it appear hot and false, a soundstage before the props have been brought in, Mara thought, before the actors have arrived. Cue Rachel, she thought, enter Rachel.

Rachel swam beside them, just under the surface of the water. Mara was pres21 ent too, as the dreamer, trying to keep John’s face before her, but this was impossible, and so in the dream she was frantic. When she woke and tried to get out of bed, the noise of the impatient sail was still loud in her ears, ringing, ringing. She put her hand out and found the telephone by the bed. ” It was Fern. “I put Rachel on the train yesterday afternoon, about four. ” Mara sat up. ” Fern sounded as if she were about to cry.

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