Miss Timmins' School for Girls

Miss Timmins' School for Girls

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Set in 1970s India, young Charu, a teacher at Miss Timmins' School for Girls, is drawn to troubled and charismatic teacher Moira Prince and her pot-smoking hippie friends until she is implicated in a murder that throws the school and the town into chaos. Original. 30,000 first printing.


“An irresistible novel that hurls forward at breathtaking speed toward an unpredictable climax.”
—Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us

“Beautifully written, atmospheric…contains entire worlds. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls is the truly dazzling debut of a major novelist, Nayana Currimbhoy. Set in India during the monsoon of 1974, it tells the story of a conventional young girl who leaves her cloistered small town home to teach at a remote boarding school run by British Missionaries. Part coming-of-age novel, part suspenseful murder mystery, Miss Timmins’ School for Girls is a brilliant evocation of a colorful time and place—India during the love, drug, and rock ’n’ roll era—complete with the sights, sounds, and music of the period seamlessly woven into the page-turning tale.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061997747
Branch Call Number: FICTION CURRI...N
Characteristics: 491 pages


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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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