The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
When Malcolm Gaines asks his attorney to prepare his will, he resurrects the long-buried secret behind a tragedy at Chatham School, which destroyed lives and shattered a quiet community

Blackwell North Amer
On a summer morning in 1926, a young woman alights from a bus in a Cape Cod village and embarks on an odyssey she cannot foresee. Chatham is a tiny seacoast town, boasting a main street with a few shops, a white-spired church, and Chatham School, an elite boys' academy dedicated to turning boisterous or insolent boys from good families into dutiful, moral young men.
The school's new art teacher, Elizabeth Channing, has come from a world barely imaginable by the townspeople of Chatham to live in a small cottage beside Black Pond. She has spent her life traveling with her father, educated by him in the plazas of Madrid, along the canals of Venice, in the apartment overlooking Rome's Spanish Steps where John Keats died. Life must be seized, the passion of the artist must be served, morals are a restraint to the spirit - these are the lessons her father taught her. These are the lessons that will bring catastrophe to Elizabeth Channing, to the Chatham School headmaster's young son, and to Chatham itself.

Baker
& Taylor

When Malcolm Gaines asks his attorney to prepare his will, he resurrects the long-buried secret behind the tragedy at Chatham School, which destroyed lives and shattered a quiet community. By the author of Breakheart Hill. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996.
ISBN: 9780553096521
0553096524
Branch Call Number: M COO
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm.

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lpreston214
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.

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traceyrawden
Jul 23, 2011

A winner.

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mcahoon
Jul 12, 2010

An incredibly engaging and thoughtful book. A must read.

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bakera8
Jun 30, 2010

Interesting perspective and an unexpected twist; engaging and thrilling.

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KarenW
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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