Home School by Charles Webb

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Finally, the sequel to the international bestseller and one of the most classic movies of all time, The Graduate, has arrived. 

At the end of Charles Webb’s first novel, The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock rescues his beloved Elaine from a marriage made not in heaven, but in California.  For over forty years, legions of fans have wondered what happened to the young couple after The Graduate’s momentous final scene.  The wait is over.

Eleven years and 3,000 miles later, Benjamin and Elaine live Westchester County, a suburb of New York City, with their two sons, whom they are educating at home. A continent now stands between them and the boys’ surviving grandparent, now known as Nan, but who in former days answered to Mrs. Robinson.  The story opens with the household in turmoil as the Westchester School Board attempts to quash the unconventional educational methods the family is practicing.  Desperate situations call for desperate remedies—even a cry for help to the mother-in-law from hell, who is only too happy to provide her loving services—but at a price far higher than could be expected.

At long last, the unforgettable characters that made The Graduate such a classic are back …and they’re better than ever—including, of course, the extraordinary Mrs. Robinson.  Wryly observing the horrors and absurdities of domestic life, Home School has all the precision and wit that made The Graduate such a long-lasting success.        

 

Praise for Charles Webb and Home School:

"There's a lot of sharp, funny dialogue....those who remember the good old days will have some fun." --Hartford Courant
“Charles Webb is a highly gifted and accomplished writer.” – Chicago Tribune

"Brilliant...sardonic, ludicrously funny." --The New York Times on The Graduate

“Charles Webb's sequel to The Graduate sparkles with as much wit and invention as the original. Throughout the book, everything – dialogue, characterization, even incident – is pared down to a minimum, and yet the result, far from being undernourished, hums with richness and vitality. So here’s to you Mrs. Robinson, and to Charles Webb for doing such a fine job of resurrecting her.”   --Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“[Home School] offers a witty and bitingly accurate tale of suburban frustration whose slightness is integral to its charm.” --Daily Mail (UK)


“Distinctive, wry, spare and beautifully modulated.” --Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Forty years overdue, the sequel to The Graduate was worth the wait. A great read.”

--The London Paper (UK)

“By utilizing the same wry humor and pinpoint characterization of the first novel, and by delving even further into the dark motives of the iconic Mrs. Robinson, Webb has made this continuation of a classic believable and entertaining.” --The Works (UK)

 

About Charles Webb

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Charles Webb was born in California. His first novel, The Graduate, was made into the acclaimed film. Six years ago he moved to the UK to write a novel based on an English character, which was published as New Cardiff.  He and his wife Fred live in Hove, Sussex.
 
Published January 1, 2007 by HUTCHINSON. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fortuitously, at this moment Elaine’s mother, the archetypal and legendary Mrs. Robinson, makes the 3,000 mile journey from California to New York (the Braddocks had wisely put some distance between themselves and Mrs. R) and unwittingly gives Benjamin and Elaine some fodder for blackmailing Clay...

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