An Uncommon Education

An Uncommon Education

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"Afraid of losing her parents at a young age--her father with his weak heart, her deeply depressed mother--Naomi Feinstein prepared single-mindedly for a prestigious future as a doctor. An outcast at school, Naomi loses herself in books, and daydreams of Wellesley College. But when Teddy, her confidant and only friend, abruptly departs from her life, it's the first devastating loss from which Naomi is not sure she can ever recover, even after her long-awaited acceptance letter to Wellesley arrives. Naomi soon learns that college isn't the bastion of solidarity and security she had imagined. Amid hundreds of other young women, she is consumed by loneliness--until the day she sees a girl fall into the freezing waters of a lake. The event marks Naomi's introduction to Wellesley's oldest honor society, the mysterious Shakespeare Society, defined by secret rituals and filled with unconventional, passionate students. Naomi finally begins to detach from the past and so much of what defines her, immersing herself in this exciting and liberating new world and learning the value of friendship. But her happiness is soon compromised by a scandal that brings irrevocable consequences. Naomi has always tried to save the ones she loves, but part of growing up is learning that sometimes saving others is a matter of saving yourself"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062110961
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Uncommon education


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Aug 04, 2012

I don't usually like "coming of age" novels, but enjoyed Ondaatje's "The Cat's Table" so much I was looking for something similar but female - adult POV reminiscing about interesting people in one's past. This fit the bill.


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