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A wonderful stroke of luck : a novel

Author: Ann Beattie
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Vulture, The Millions, The Observer, and O, The Oprah Magazine A razor-sharp, deeply felt new novel-the twenty-first book by Ann Beattie-about the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets we keep from those we love At a boarding school in New Hampshire, Ben joins the honor society led by Pierre LaVerdere, an enigmatic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Beattie, Ann.
Wonderful stroke of luck.
New York : Viking, [2019]
(DLC) 2018028798
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Beattie
ISBN: 9780525557357 0525557350
OCLC Number: 1043067616
Notes: Place of publication from publisher's website.
Description: 1 online resource (274 pages)
Responsibility: Ann Beattie.

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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Vulture, The Millions, The Observer, and O, The Oprah Magazine A razor-sharp, deeply felt new novel-the twenty-first book by Ann Beattie-about the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets we keep from those we love At a boarding school in New Hampshire, Ben joins the honor society led by Pierre LaVerdere, an enigmatic, brilliant, yet perverse, teacher who instructs his students not only about how to reason, but how to prevaricate. As the years go by, LaVerdere's covert and overt instruction lingers in his students' lives as they seek some sense of purpose or meaning. When Ben feels the pace of his life accelerating and views his intimate relationships as less and less fulfilling, there seems to be a subtext he's not able to access. And what, really, did Bailey Academy teach him' While relationships with his stepmother and sister improve, and a move to upstate New York offers respite from his anxiety about love and work, LaVerdere's reappearance in his life disturbs his equilibrium. Everything he once thought he knew about his teacher-and himself-is called into question. Written by one of our most iconic writers, known for casting a cold eye on her generation's ambivalence and sometimes mistaken ambition, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck is a keenly observed psychological study of a man who alternates between careful driving and hazardous risk taking, as he struggles to incorporate his past into the vertiginous present.

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