Instructor

By (author): Beth Follett

***THE MIRAMICHI READER‘S VERY BEST BOOK AWARDS, FICTION: LONGLIST***

***FOREWORD INDIES: LITERARY, ADULT FICTION: BRONZE***

When Ydessa Bloom’s husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she meets three people who will influence her life dramatically—her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.

Years later, at the age of twenty-five and reeling from personal tragedy, Henry seeks Ydessa out once again, and they find themselves alone on the day of the Northeast blackout, drawn into an encounter that will change them both.

In Instructor, Beth Follett magnificently follows the natural tendencies of the human mind to dart and drift, to leap and eddy, creating an utterly compelling narrative at once patient and enthralling. Through grief, wonder, and introspection, Instructor captures the fluidity of the self, carrying readers away in the current of Follett’s inescapable prose.

AUTHOR

Beth Follett

Beth Follett lives in St. John’s NL and is the publisher of Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published in 2001 by Coach House.


Reviews

“Erudite, literate, polished, and inherently engaging, Instructor is a seminal work of deftly crafted literature by an author with a flourishing gift of storytelling that is original and entertaining.”
– The Midwest Book Review – Library Bookwatch

“An exquisite and compelling exploration of loss, grief, healing and the complexities of love and life. Filled with twists and turns. Tantalizing prose leads you by the hand into the lives of unique characters.”
– I read somewhere that

“[A] prose concurrently lyric and lush and perfectly precise […] Follett’s prose is remarkable, composed in propulsive sweeps and thoughtful asides, exploring a vast interiority of uncertainty, fragility and the body.”

Instructor is a beautiful, powerful novel about loss, imperfection, and finding wonder in the present moment. On the surface it’s about a woman grieving the death of her husband, but as it unfolds the novel delves poetically into metaphysics and metaphor. Instructor is an experience not to be missed, one that will open pathways to stillness and self-reflection.”


– GalleyCreativeCo.com

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***THE MIRAMICHI READER‘S VERY BEST BOOK AWARDS, FICTION: LONGLIST***


***FOREWORD INDIES: LITERARY, ADULT FICTION: BRONZE***



When Ydessa Bloom’s husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she meets three people who will influence her life dramatically—her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.


Years later, at the age of twenty-five and reeling from personal tragedy, Henry seeks Ydessa out once again, and they find themselves alone on the day of the Northeast blackout, drawn into an encounter that will change them both.


In Instructor, Beth Follett magnificently follows the natural tendencies of the human mind to dart and drift, to leap and eddy, creating an utterly compelling narrative at once patient and enthralling. Through grief, wonder, and introspection, Instructor captures the fluidity of the self, carrying readers away in the current of Follett’s inescapable prose.

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Details

Dimensions:

248 Pages
8in * 5.5in *
0.5kg

Published:

March 01, 2021

City of Publication:

St. John’s

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781550818666

9781550818680 – Kindle

9781550818673 – EPUB

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Literary

Language:

eng

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