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The Student
The Student | Cary Fagan
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The Student is a portrait of a life in two snapshots: 1957, 2005 LATE SUMMER - AUTUMN, 1957: Miriam Moscowitz is starting her final year of university with unwavering ambition. She is a serious and passionate student of literature who studies hard, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, and is the apple of her fathers eye and the worry of her mothers. But then, in a single moment, her dreams crumble around her as she realizes thatas a womanthe obstacles to achieving what she wants could be unsurmountable. Unsure of how to break a path for herself, she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the southspecifically in Little Rock, where public schools had been desegregated. When the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life AUGUST 21, 2005: It is the morning of Miriams sons wedding (a newly-legal, same-sex marriage). She climbs the stairs to her study to look at a book she had carried with her forty-eight years earlier, on a bus to the United States. In the days leading up to the wedding, she had deciphered every word of marginalia in her young, minuscule handwriting. It had been familiar and strange, embarrassing and exhilarating, and she had wondered what the young person who had written all these words had to do with the old woman who read them now. The Student is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction that brings together two pivotal times in history. With its innovative structure, masterful prose, and intelligently crafted characters, this book illustrates how we are shaped byand can eventually overcomethe constraints of the times we occupy.
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Lindy
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I love rich, character-based fiction & felt immediately caught up in the inner and outer life of one Toronto woman, Miriam Moscowitz, who‘s out of step with her contemporaries in 1957 because she wants to go on to graduate school and become a professor. The second part of this quiet novel skips ahead to 2005, allowing a glimpse of the intervening years while showing the fullness of Miriam‘s life in the 21st century. #CanadianAuthor

Cinfhen Another book not on my radar that sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing 2w
Cathythoughts Nice review... I‘m interested & stacking 2w
Soubhiville ⬆️ exactly what @Cinfhen said. Also the cover is irresistible! 2w
Lindy @Soubhiville I like the cover too. Lots of reading and studying literature happens in the novel, so it‘s a good match for the story without being the usual shot of books on shelves. 2w
Lindy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Thanks! I had previously only read children‘s picture books by this author, such as 2w
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“…they make a promise to each wear the jeans and then send it to the next person and describe all their adventures while wearing them. I mean, it‘s a pretty stupid idea, like that would ever happen, and the girls are way too nice to each other, which in my opinion is less believable than anything in Harry Potter. But you know what? I can‘t put it down.”
“It sounds quite delicious. I wonder what makes us just have to keep reading a book? ⬇️

Lindy (continued): Does that mean it‘s good and we don‘t want to admit it because it doesn‘t fit our idea of real literature? Or is it like eating candy? You know, all immediate pleasure but no nutrition.” 2w
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Twice he had asked her to marry him, or rather talked about being married without quite asking, afraid of what she would say, so she hadn‘t felt obliged to give him an answer. But one day, she knew, he‘d do something atrocious like get down on his knee.

Come-read-with-me @Lindy Is this a Teacup Magnolia? It‘s beautiful! 2w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me I don‘t know what kind, sorry. I photographed it at a botanic garden in Slovakia. 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Each year they rented a cottage on the south shore of Lake Simcoe, in the section where Jews could buy property, the drives marked by wooden signs: The Horvaths, The Targovetskys, Camp Kugel. On Friday nights candles could be seen burning in cottage windows.

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She didn‘t mind seeing a Hollywood horse opera if it made Isidore happy. […]
He wanted to talk about the film and so she went on about moral ambiguity until he interrupted her by saying, “Why are you trying to spoil the film? Come on, Minnie. Lancaster was the good guy and Douglas was the bad guy. All that studying is going to your head.”
“Where else is it supposed to go, my kidneys?”

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