Book summary: The English Teacher

2005 BY LILY KING

Fifteen years ago Vida Avery arrived alone and pregnant at elite Fayer Academy. She has since become a fixture and one of the best English teachers Fayer has ever had. By living on campus, on an island off the New England coast, Vida has cocooned herself and her son, Peter, from the outside world and from an inside secret. For years she has lived largely through the books she teaches, but when she accepts the impulsive marriage proposal of ardent widower Tom Belou, the prescribed life Vida has constructed is swiftly dismantled.

The English Teacher highlights King’s superb craftsmanship, effortlessly suspenseful pacing, and tenderly observed insight into marriage, motherhood, and family. It is a passionate tale of a mother and son’s vital bond and a provocative look at our notions of intimacy, honesty, loyalty, and the real meaning of home.

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