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By Liza Wieland

A modest, quiet lady, Mara Raynor by no means dreamed she'd someday locate herself in command of the small inner most institution in Washington, D.C., the place for a few years she taught track and choir. yet after the unforeseen demise of her husband, the school's headmaster, Mara reveals herself thrust into the general public eye, harassed not only with the tasks of appearing headmaster---a function she by no means wanted---but additionally with a possibly explosive political and non secular controversy that exams mom and dad' and college directors' spirit of tolerance.

When a Sikh pupil is stuck donning a ceremonial knife on institution grounds, worry spreads between mom and dad and the college board. Coming on the related second because the disappearance of Mara's teenage daughter, the talk speedy assumes a much more own nature. not only any pupil, the Sikh boy is either the son of a lady with whom Mara stocks a sophisticated earlier and---as Mara quickly discovers---her personal daughter's boyfriend.

As it strikes from side to side in time among the varsity in modern Washington and a ladies' boarding tuition within the British geographical region in 1977, A Watch of Nightingales weaves a wealthy and textured exploration of worry and regret, the mysteries of affection, and the complex tensions that ring down the generations from father or mother to child.

"Conjuring the entwined lives of academics and scholars in colleges (and generations) on both sides of the Atlantic, A Watch of Nightingales stands along The top of omit Jean Brodie and Goodbye, Mr Chips as a testomony to the tasks, rewards, and hazards of educating. it is a e-book of luminous perception and quiet yet telling knowledge, approximately early life and adulthood and the bridge of loss and regret that connects them. Liza Wieland's is a mature and deeply relocating imaginative and prescient, conveyed in prose that sings as certain and transparent because the birds of her title."

---Peter Ho Davies, writer of The Welsh Girl

Praise for Liza Wieland:

"[T]here is a the Aristocracy and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism lacking from a lot glossy fiction and makes those tales totally soaking up adventures of the heart."

---Ron Hansen, writer of Exiles: A Novel

"Liza Wieland knows right down to the bone how loneliness and love compel her characters to make their very unlikely offerings. not just does she have a searing intelligence and knowledge, her prose is via turns sleek and astonishing."

---Jane Hamilton, writer of A Map of the World

Liza Wieland is the writer of 4 earlier works of fiction: The Names of the Lost; Discovering America; You Can Sleep whereas I Drive; and Bombshell, in addition to a quantity of poems, Near Alcatraz. Her paintings has been provided Pushcart Prizes, in addition to fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, the Christopher Isherwood beginning, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She teaches inventive writing and literature at East Carolina college in Greenville, North Carolina.

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