Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father. Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class? Sarah Shun-lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose. From this most innovative of young writers comes another journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up.
 

About Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York. Madeleine Is Sleeping is her first novel.
 
Published September 18, 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A subtle, dazzling novel about a fledgling middle-school teacher who reveals herself slowly, in layers, as if she isn't quite sure how much to show--to her students, to their parents, to the reader.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Ms. Hempel Chronicles

The New York Times

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In this novel of linked stories, a teacher sees the beauty of her students, but loses sight of her own.

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The Guardian

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Though Hempel feels herself to be mundane, already disappointed, her pedestrian trials become engrossing and enjoyable, because of the fine, melodic prose Bynum summons in describing them and her deft switches between past and present.

Apr 16 2010 | Read Full Review of Ms. Hempel Chronicles

The Guardian

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After her promising years at school and university, her world has somehow begun to unravel: her beloved father has recently died, she is engaged to a man who alternately puzzles and repels her, her mother and younger sister are allied against her.

Dec 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Publishers Weekly

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A National Book Award finalist in 2004, Bynum returns with an intricate and absorbing collection of eight interconnected stories about Beatrice Hempel, a middle school English teacher. Ms. Hempel i

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Christian Science Monitor

Hempel Chronicles” is more traditional in form – eight delicately linked stories about Beatrice Hempel – but no less impressive.

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