I'm thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, July 26th, we will welcome author Nayana Currimbhoy to Book Club Girl on Air to discuss her novel, Miss Timmins' School for Girls which is just out, and has already been named a hot summer read by BlogHer!
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first 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 outpost 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 freedoms 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 three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu's real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.
Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us calls Miss Timmins' School for Girls “An irresistible novel that hurls forward at breathtaking speed toward an unpredictable climax.” and Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan says it's “Beautifully written, atmospheric…contains entire worlds. I couldn’t put it down.”
I have 10 copies of Miss Timmins' School for Girls to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they can participate in the show on July 26th at 7 pm ET. Set your reminder for the show here.