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An intimately charged novel of desire and disaster from the author of American Woman and A Person of Interest
Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill. Hes said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. Hes condemned on the walls of the womens restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned Regina about his exceptional physical beautyor his charismatic, volatile wife.
My Education is the story of Reginas mistakes, which only begin in the bedroom, and endif they dofifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Reginas misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013: You could say Susan Chois My Education is a novel of the academy, in which an impressionable graduate student has an affair with an older, charismatic professor; thats a fair--if misleading and incomplete--description. My Education is more surprising than that because a) the professor with whom the heroine sleeps is not the one you might expect and b) the book is full of pithy observations you cant stop nodding at, and writing you cant help underlining. Youre twenty-one! Do you know what Id give to be that age again? Reginas older lover cries in exasperation. Do you know what Id give if youd stop saying that? Regina replies. Or: We sprang into flight like the arrow released from the bow, Choi writes, when the lovers are discovered nearly in flagrante. Full of brilliantly drawn supporting characters--Reginas hippie stoner roommate who goes by his surname is a favorite--this sophisticated book is about sophisticated people who may be brainy about arts and letters but are closer to clueless when it comes to the complex affairs of the heart. --Sara Nelson