The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

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The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is—for Judy—only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.

Rebecca Coleman's manuscript for The Kingdom of Childhood was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. An emotionally tense, increasingly chilling work of fiction set in the controversial Waldorf school community, it is equal parts enchanting and unsettling and is sure to be a much-discussed and much-debated novel.


About Rebecca Coleman

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Rebecca Coleman received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers' groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at www.
Published October 1, 2011 by MIRA. 347 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Like many Americans, Judy McFarland started life with high ideals.

Sep 29 2011 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom of Childhood

Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Rebecca Coleman’s debut novel, The Kingdom of Childhood is a psychological thriller ...

Feb 02 2012 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom of Childhood

Nocturne Romance Reads

This is the story of Zach and Judy, a boy and a woman, a student and a teacher.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom of Childhood

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