"A treat for any fiction lover...a poignant, lovely read."--Library Journal
Susan gives an overview of the book:
FIRST CLASS: GETTING STARTED
"You've known there was something special about you for a long time, haven't you?"
Arabella lets the question hover over the classroom for just a moment. Eleven pairs of eyes stare back at her warily. This is the first day of class, and they're not sure if she is mocking them. But she's not; she's absolutely serious.
"Ever since the third grade," she goes on, because for some reason it always is the third grade, "ever since the teacher chose your story to read aloud on Parents' Day. She was so excited by your facility with words. Facility! She even used that word in the letter she sent home to your parents inviting them to be guests of honor at the reading, although in my own particular case, my father couldn't come because he was in the hospital, and my mother didn't make it because she fainted in the school hallway and banged her head on the water fountain and had to be taken by ambulance to the Nassau County Medical Center. If my mother let me down, there was always an ambulance involved; no lame scheduling conflicts for her.
Susan Breen teaches creative writing for Gotham Writers' Workshop in Manhattan. Her debut novel, THE FICTION CLASS, is published by Plume, a division of Penguin. Her short stories have been published by a number of literary magazines, among them...