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By Liza Wieland

A modest, quiet lady, Mara Raynor by no means dreamed she'd in the future locate herself accountable for the small deepest college in Washington, D.C., the place for a few years she taught tune and choir. yet after the unforeseen dying of her husband, the school's headmaster, Mara reveals herself thrust into the general public eye, pressured not only with the duties of performing headmaster---a function she by no means wanted---but additionally with a most likely explosive political and spiritual controversy that exams mom and dad' and faculty directors' spirit of tolerance.

When a Sikh scholar is stuck donning a ceremonial knife on university grounds, worry spreads between mom and dad and the varsity board. Coming on the similar second because the disappearance of Mara's teenage daughter, the debate fast assumes a much more own nature. not only any pupil, the Sikh boy is either the son of a lady with whom Mara stocks a classy prior and---as Mara quickly discovers---her personal daughter's boyfriend.

As it strikes from side to side in time among the varsity in modern Washington and a women' boarding tuition within the British nation-state in 1977, A Watch of Nightingales weaves a wealthy and textured exploration of worry and regret, the mysteries of affection, and the advanced tensions that ring down the generations from mum or dad to child.

"Conjuring the entwined lives of lecturers and scholars in colleges (and generations) on each side of the Atlantic, A Watch of Nightingales stands along The best of omit Jean Brodie and Goodbye, Mr Chips as a testomony to the obligations, rewards, and hazards of educating. it is a e-book of luminous perception and quiet yet telling knowledge, approximately formative years and adulthood and the bridge of loss and regret that connects them. Liza Wieland's is a mature and deeply relocating imaginative and prescient, conveyed in prose that sings as yes and transparent because the birds of her title."

---Peter Ho Davies, writer of The Welsh Girl

Praise for Liza Wieland:

"[T]here is a the Aristocracy and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism lacking from a lot sleek fiction and makes those tales fully soaking up adventures of the heart."

---Ron Hansen, writer of Exiles: A Novel

"Liza Wieland is familiar with right down to the bone how loneliness and love compel her characters to make their most unlikely offerings. not just does she have a searing intelligence and knowledge, her prose is by way of turns sleek and astonishing."

---Jane Hamilton, writer of A Map of the World

Liza Wieland is the writer of 4 prior works of fiction: The Names of the Lost; Discovering America; You Can Sleep whereas I Drive; and Bombshell, in addition to a quantity of poems, Near Alcatraz. Her paintings has been provided Pushcart Prizes, in addition to fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, the Christopher Isherwood beginning, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She teaches artistic writing and literature at East Carolina collage in Greenville, North Carolina.

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