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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily King Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lily King is the acclaimed author of The Pleasing Hour, a New York Times Notable Book.

In The English Teacher, King pens an emotionally devastating tale of a mother and son-and the turns of fate that threaten their carefully constructed existence. English teacher and single mother Vida Avery has insulated herself and her fifteen-year-old son from almost all outside influence. But her sudden marriage to Tom Belou—and the subsequent integration into Tom’s family-radically alters the course of all of their lives.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Polly | 2/6/2014

    " I most agree with a previous review. It took me a while to care about the main character. I felt sorry for her and mad at her at the same time. But it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catyche | 1/29/2014

    " This is absolutely one one of my favorite novels of all time. It is usually very difficult to qualify any of the books I've read as "favorites." But for its beautiful use of literature as a tool to hint at, (therby encapsulating) old secrets and pain, I will proudly declare this amazing novel as being in my top ten. Underneath it all, a tremendous love story of mother and son, and husband and wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pirate | 1/10/2014

    " This was a letdown after Father of the Rain, which was so vivid and heart-wrenching. This novel also had deep angst and dysfunctional families, but it came across as muted somehow. Perhaps since the main character worked so hard to be distant, the storytelling was as well? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/2/2014

    " The core premise, of an emotionally distant parent confronting her demons, is certainly nothing new, but drawing parallels between her modern situation and Tess of the D'Urbervilles worked very well for me. Vida's character clicked for me when she thinks, "Stepparenting is just like teaching." Well, no, it isn't, and Vida is not a very good stepparent, but the moment crystallizes her unwillingness at that point to open her heart and fully experience her life (and Vida MEANS life! get it? okay, that was a little heavy-handed). "

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