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Marie Claire (UK): "a compelling look at the dynamics of pupil-teacher relationships and illicit passion."

Date: Sep 12 2011

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Set in Paris, this is a compelling look at the dynamics of pupil-teacher relationships and illicit passion.

 

Will, the youthful charismatic lecturer and two students—sexy, needy Marie and grave, studious Gilad—recount a tempestuous time at a posh school in Paris. Beautifully written, the story describes how Will’s passion for literature and philosophical debate is warped by hero worship and the lure of a tawdry affair. With cool, measured aplomb Maksik traces the course of heady adulation to sexual engagement, as Will slowly succumbs and abandons his principles. Eschewing pat morality, the novel shows that emotional truths are complicated for these flawed characters.