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 answerable for the small inner most university in Washington, D.C., the place for a few years she taught tune and choir. yet after the unforeseen loss of life of her husband, the school's headmaster, Mara reveals herself thrust into the general public eye, careworn not only with the tasks of appearing headmaster---a function she by no means wanted---but additionally with a almost certainly explosive political and non secular controversy that assessments mom and dad' and faculty directors' spirit of tolerance.

When a Sikh scholar is stuck donning a ceremonial knife on institution grounds, worry spreads between mom and dad and the varsity board. Coming on the similar second because the disappearance of Mara's teenage daughter, the debate quick assumes a much more own nature. not only any scholar, the Sikh boy is either the son of a girl with whom Mara stocks a classy prior and---as Mara quickly discovers---her personal daughter's boyfriend.

As it strikes backward and forward in time among the varsity in modern Washington and a ladies' boarding university 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 complex tensions that ring down the generations from mother or father to child.

''Conjuring the entwined lives of academics and scholars in faculties (and generations) on each side of the Atlantic, A Watch of Nightingales stands along The top of leave out Jean Brodie and Goodbye, Mr Chips as a testomony to the obligations, rewards, and hazards of educating. this can be a publication 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 glossy fiction and makes those tales utterly 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 most unlikely offerings. not just does she have a searing intelligence and knowledge, her prose is by means 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 provided Pushcart Prizes, in addition to fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, the Christopher Isherwood starting place, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She teaches inventive writing and literature at East Carolina collage in Greenville, North Carolina.

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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. Malraux to begin with. ” “Upper Five is doing that one. How about music? ” “I’m in choir at home, and voice lessons. ” “Really? Private lessons? You must be quite good. ” Mara felt something happening in her face that she could not control. Her eyes stung. “What’s the matter, Mara?

Her eyes stung. “What’s the matter, Mara? ” “No,” Mara whispered. “My throat . . ” “It’s all right, dear. ” 45 “No,” Mara said, and leaned away, her head over a patch of grass. It all came up, the stew, the fruit, the tea. Miss Ellis placed her hand in the middle of Mara’s back. “Oh my,” she said and pulled a handkerchief from her pocket, and Mara took it, wiped her mouth. “I’ll wash this,” she said. ” “Don’t worry,” Miss Ellis said. “You’re just exhausted. ” They waited, and then Miss Ellis draped her arm around Mara’s shoulders.

Not even sleep, really—just stop moving and talking and listening to talk. She lay awake for a long time that night wondering what she had done in coming to this school, and what she would do. She missed Phil. She thought of the letter he had given her at the airport. She had it memorized now. He was jealous of her, she had already known that, for getting away, and angry, too, hurt that she would leave him alone in godforsaken Pittsburgh with their silent parents. He alluded to something else he wanted to tell her, about my life, he’d written, about what will happen to my life.

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