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Ms. Hempel Chronicles

by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008
    208 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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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"Starrd Review. Bynum writes with great acuity, and the emotional undercurrents in this sharp take on coming-of-age and growing up will move readers in unexpected ways." - Publishers Weekly.

"No sign of sophomore slump in this masterful illumination of character. " - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review. Bynum writes with concise, careful phrasing and a clarity that illuminates the depths to be found even in the most quotidian existence. Recommended for all fiction collections." - Library Journal.

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Author Biography

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum lives in Los Angeles and teaches writing and literature at UC San Diego. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping, was published by Harcourt in 2004 and was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.

Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. Ms. Hempel Chronicles was published in September 2008 and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.

The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of "20 Under 40" fiction writers by the New Yorker in June 2010. She lives in Los...

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