The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair

Book - 1996
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Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, inThe Chatham School Affair,Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which passionate violence seems impossible...and inevitable. "Thomas Cook's night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting," raved theNew York Times Book Review,andThe Chatham School Affairwill cement this superb writer's position as one of crime fiction's most prodigious talents, a master of the unexpected ending. From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780553096521
0553096524
Branch Call Number: M COO
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,24 cm

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lpreston214
Nov 05, 2012

In this lyrically written mystery a woman appears in a small town in 1926 to teach art at a private school. Henry, the narrator, now an old man, as a schoolboy becomes enthralled with Miss Chapman, a romantic figure who has travelled the world. What follows is forbidden romance, tragic death, and misplaced blame. Darkly tragic, the author continually throws tidbits of foreshadowing to the reader that keeps you turning pages. The story is tragic for all involved but especially for Henry who, instead of learning of the redemption love can provide, forever rejects it and ends up living a cold and lonely life.

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traceyrawden
Jul 23, 2011

A winner.

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mcahoon
Jul 12, 2010

An incredibly engaging and thoughtful book. A must read.

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bakera8
Jun 30, 2010

Interesting perspective and an unexpected twist; engaging and thrilling.

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KarenW
Jun 28, 2005

This is a book that I have thought about over and over long after I have finished reading it. A young teacher comes to a small New England town to teach in a boys school. Her outlook on life is so different that she soon enthralls the headmaster''s son, Henry. He observes her affair with another teacher and tries to be a confident and ally. But soon things turn bad and the tragedy that ensues precludes a surprise ending that changes everyone and everything for Henry. Told in flashbacks this novel is the story of how radical people are like a stone thrown in a pond, but beware the tidal wave if the stone is too big!

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