In this exquisite new novel by bestselling writer Elizabeth
Berg, a young woman falls in love—and learns how sorrow can lead to an
understanding of joy.
Katie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her
distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: Her
much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only
friends fall far short of being ideal companions. When she accidentally falls
through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy. He is handsome, far older than
she, and married, but she is entranced. As their relationship unfolds, so too
does Katie’s awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring.
Beautifully written in Berg’s irresistible voice, Joy School portrays the soaring
happiness of real love, the deep despair one can feel when it goes unrequited,
and the stubbornness of hope that will not let us let go. Here also is
recognition that love can come in many forms and offer many different things. Joy School illuminates, too, how the
things that hurt the most can sometimes teach us the lessons that really
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