Miss Timmins' School for Girls

Miss Timmins' School for Girls

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In 1974, three weeks before her 21st birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an out-post of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock 'n' roll, and freedom she never knew existed. Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder - a case 3 intrepid schoolgirls take upon themselves to solve - Charu's real education begins.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061997747
Characteristics: 496 p. ; 21 cm.

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Tremendously enjoyable story of a young Indian woman growing into her sexuality. Currimbhoy is a skillful writer, and delivers satisfying drama of love affairs, a murder mystery, and uncovering family tragedy without it ever feeling over the top. Underneath all that drama there are wry, subtle observations about gender, family, and race relations in post-colonial India. The story is set in monsoon season, and the frequent descriptions of rain, fog, and generally moody weather were especially enjoyable.

LaBeteNoir Jul 30, 2012

Set in post colonial 1970 India, there is a mystery about the death of the English principal of a schoolf for Indian girls. But, the mystery is second to the alternating viewpoints of various characters. Is what you see and think the truth?

gracindaisy Dec 07, 2011

Life at a girls' boarding school in India includes solving the murder mystery of one of the teachers.

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