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January 18, 2015



The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

It’s the job of adults to teach the teenagers to be responsible. That’s what grown – ups do.

You’ve fallen for your son’s best friend.

You are a teacher.

You are abusing your power, your responsibility your student.

You know it’s wrong. But you cannot stop.

I suppose in the beginning

It was a love story.

The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman; sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother’s extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is, for Judy, only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.

Rebecca Coleman’s manuscript forThe Kingdom of Childhood was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. An emotionally tense, increasingly chilling work of fiction set in the controversial Waldorf school community, it is equal parts enchanting and unsettling and is sure to be a much discussed and much-debated novel.

This is said to be Controversial, unsettling and fascinating  you won’t be able to stop talking about The Kingdom of Childhood. But I could not get into this story at all. For me it is not the most anticipated and controversial novel of the year.







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