My Education by Susan Choi

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...in the end "My Education" backs off from such a revelation, in favor of the more unlikely hope that our experience may be redeemable after all.
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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.  He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty—or his charismatic, volatile wife.

My Education is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which only begin in the bedroom, and end—if they do—fifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.
 

About Susan Choi

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Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.  Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third, A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.  A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W. G.Sebald Award.  She teaches at Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.
 
Published July 3, 2013 by Penguin Books. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Cooke on Jul 19 2013

...the somewhat indiscriminate attentiveness of her prose tends to plane smooth the texture of her narratives.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Jul 02 2013

The writing in this novel is masterful — but the book did something to me emotionally, too. I felt like I was in an obsessive relationship with it.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Forlines on Jul 01 2013

My Education is an unapologetic study of desire, self-awareness, and maturity. Her writing is laser sharp and keenly observant, highlighting the potential destructiveness of youth.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jun 27 2013

...in the end "My Education" backs off from such a revelation, in favor of the more unlikely hope that our experience may be redeemable after all.

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