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Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Bynum, Sarah Shun-Lien

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ISBN 10: 0151014965 / ISBN 13: 9780151014965
Published by Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, Florida, 2008
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

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Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father. Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class?  Sarah Shun-lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose. From this most innovative of young writers comes another journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up.

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"A wonderfull, practically magical writer." ?Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife
"Bynum enchants." ?Vanity Fair  "[N]imble and entertaining." ?New York Times Book Review Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new?new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her devoted father. Overwhelmed by her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class? Sarah Shun-lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose. From this most innovative and critically acclaimed of young writers comes a journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up.  "Such a beautiful book is Ms. Hempel Chronicles, the kind that gives its reader profound insights into ordinary, everyday life. . . . [D]eeply affecting." ?Los Angeles Times  "Pure pleasure." ?Jonathan Franzen

SARAH SHUN-LIEN BYNUM's first novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories. She teaches writing at the University of California, San Diego.

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