• Paperback: 512 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (June 21, 2011)
A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins’ School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n’ roll, and freedoms she never knew existed.
Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu’s real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins’ School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.
Nayana Currimbhoy was raised in India where she attended an all-girls boarding school in a fairly remote hill station. She moved to the U.S. in the early eighties, and has been a businesswoman and a freelance writer. She has written books, film scripts, and articles about many things, including architecture and design, and a biography of India Gandhi. Miss Timmins School for Girls is her first novel. Nayana lives in New York City with her husband, an architect, and their teenage daughter.
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Tuesday, June 21st: Dolce Bellezza
Wednesday, June 22nd: The Lost Entwife
Thursday, June 23rd: Bookworm’s Dinner
Monday, June 27th: Raging Bibliomania
Tuesday, June 28th: Steph and Tony Investigate
Wednesday, June 29th: Book Journey
Tuesday, July 5th: Life In Review
Wednesday, July 6th: Reading Through Life
Thursday, July 7th: Rundpinne
Monday, July 11th: Alison’s Book Marks
Tuesday, July 12th: The House of the Seven Tails
Wednesday, July 13th: Unabridged Chick