The Kingdom of Childhood
The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize... show more
The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is—for Judy—only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.Rebecca Coleman's manuscript for The Kingdom of Childhood was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. An emotionally tense, increasingly chilling work of fiction set in the controversial Waldorf school community, it is equal parts enchanting and unsettling and is sure to be a much-discussed and much-debated novel.
Publish date: September 27th 2011
Pages no: 338
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
It left me feeling...IDK. I couldn't quit reading it cause it was great storytelling even though I knew it wasn't going to end good. I don't know, everything in it was foreign to me. I couldn't put it down, and now I'm just sitting here zoned out like a zombie.
If this book did not have an interesting topic (adult woman seducing a teenage boy) it would have gotten only 1 star. I think Coleman's writing was trite, her foreshadowing clunky and obvious, and her lack of consistency in characters downright annoying.Most of my notes from the first third of this...
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty PavementsPeople are abuzz about Fifty Shades of Grey when Rebecca Coleman's novel is quite possibly even steamier and riskier. This novel tackles a subject that is both intriguing, mystifying and totally mind boggling to me. It's quite a taboo subject fo...
Judy McFarland had a difficult childhood and her perceptions of appropriate relations has been skewed a bit by the past. She initiates an affair with a sixteen year old Zach, who is the same age as her own son, Scott. The story is told by flashbacks of her childhood, her point of view and that of ...
The synopsis of The Kingdom of Childhood gives an excellent summary of it’s controversial and disturbing storyline. The narrative is meticulously crafted in both the first person, through the eyes of Judy McFarland, and third person POV, which flows extremely well from chapter to chapter. Ms. Colman...
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