The Fiction Class

The Fiction Class

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
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A witty, honest, and hugely entertaining story for anyone who loves books, or has a difficult mother. And, let’s face it, that’s practically everybody . . .

On paper, Arabella Hicks seems more than qualified to teach her fiction class on the Upper West Side: she’s a writer herself; she’s passionate about books; she’s even named after the heroine in a Georgette Heyer novel.

On the other hand, she’s thirty-eight, single, and has been writing the same book for the last seven years. And she has been distracted recently: on the same day that Arabella teaches her class she also visits her mother in a nursing home outside the city. And every time they argue. Arabella wants the fighting to stop, but, as her mother puts it, “Just because we’re family, doesn’t mean we have to like each other.” When her class takes a surprising turn and her lessons start to spill over into her weekly visits, she suddenly finds she might be holding the key to her mother’s love and, dare she say it, her own inspiration. After all, as a lifelong lover of books, she knows the power of a good story.

Baker & Taylor
Teaching a fiction writing class on the Upper West Side, Arabella Hicks finds her life in turmoil as she spends time with her argumentative mother in a nursing home on the same day she teaches her class, but as her class takes an unexpected turn and the lessons spill over into her weekly visits, she finds the key to her mother's love and her own inspiration. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
On paper, Arabella Hicks is more than qualified to teach a weekly fiction class on New York's Upper West Side: She's an author herself; she's passionate about books; she's even named after the heroine in a Georgette Heyer novel.
So why do her students seem so difficult? And why can't she find an ending to the novel she has been working on for seven years? Arabella's beginning to suspect that it's because her mother, Vera Hicks, is driving her insane. After each class, she goes to see Vera in a nursing home outside the city. Every visit turns into an argument. Arabella can't figure out how to make peace, until one day she discovers something surprising: Her mother wants to be a writer.
Slowly, cautiously Arabella begins to teach her, and as the lessons progress along with her class. Arabella discovers that it is she who has a lot to learn about writing, and about love.

Publisher: New York : Plume, c2006, 2008 printing
ISBN: 9780452289109
Branch Call Number: FICTION BREEN
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 21 cm


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