- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1406 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (25 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BTDY8NQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 29 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Teacher's Secret Kindle Edition
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'Beautifully written, entirely absorbing, and full of characters that live with you long after you finish reading, The Teacher's Secret is packed with heart and suspense... This brilliant book is a true page-turner, and I absolutely loved it.'--Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky
'A delicately woven tapestry of interlinking stories... This is a big-hearted book about a small community and how small acts of kindness and courage, and the willingness to face the truth, restore the human spirit to a sense of new belonging.'--Joanne Fedler, author of Secret Mothers' Business
'Elegantly structured, unsettling, yet with moments of surprising wit - in this novel Suzanne Leal captures the life of a small community with real tenderness.'--Kathryn Heyman, author of The Accomplice
'Masterfully constructed, this moving novel warns us of our capacity to make or break the lives of those around us... Drawn with wit and clear-eyed affection, the inhabitants of this wonderful novel will remain with you long after you have put it down.'--Mark Lamprell, author of The Full Ridiculous
'Leal's novel shows us, achingly and beautifully, the slippery nature of truth and the destruction that is occasionally wrought from good intensions.'--Maggie Joel, author of The Safest Place in London
'A rich interweaving of beautifully drawn characters told so gently and in such exquisite detail that they grew on me until I was lost in their world.'--Robin de Crespigny, filmmaker and author of The People Smuggler
'The Teacher's Secret is a gutsy yet intricate examination of one of society's nightmares, filled with strong characters and relationships interwoven in a storyline that has the reader engrossed to the last page.'--Robert Wainwright, author of Sheila
'Suzanne Leal writes with her hand on her heart, writing according to its beat... translating the ordinary into the extraordinary. An Australian talent, universally understood.'--Charles Waterstreet, author of Precious Bodily Fluids: A Larrikin's Memoir
'Suspenseful, moving and full of heart. I couldn't put it down.'--Richard Glover, author of Flesh Wounds
'An eloquent story of a life thrown into disarray; it drew me in and held me, page after page.'--Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Leal's first-hand experience of both means she's not afraid to tackle the tough subjects, and she does so with pragmatic realism and sensitivity.
Leal introduces an array of characters in the novel and we follow a number of them. In addition to deputy principal Terry, of particular note were Nina, who's initially teaching elsewhere until forced to make some mammoth life changes. And then there's Rebecca - still in her homeland when we first meet her - while her academic husband's working in Australia.
I loved the way Leal wrote all three of these major characters. They very much inhabited the story evolving around them and I was easily drawn in. She also did a great job with the kids in the book. They felt very real and I could practically see and hear their exploits.
There's a lot of depth in this novel. As well as the obvious issues around refugees and child safety, Leal deals with relationships, parenting, aloneness and considers the notion of family. The microcosm of the small Brindle community - its lack of pretence and soft-lighting - helped amplify those elements.
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Very believable story.