In this meditation on Nabokov’s Lolita, author Lynn Matheson updates the famous story to fit the modern-day controversies of female teacher/male student relationships. There have been arrests all over the United States and the United Kingdom, and in this day and age, you can’t turn on the news without seeing a woman arrested for abusing her power over children.
In this daring novel, Matheson examines the mentality of such a woman. What would drive someone to do such a thing?
Orla is a teacher at an English boarding school. She hates her job and often thinks to herself that she, like so many of her ancestors, has just become another servant to the rich and their offspring. When she meets Elijah, a fifteen-year-old student, feelings stir deep inside her. Can she fight these urges, or will Orla begin a series of events that will have devastating consequences for everyone involved?
From cold and dreary England to tropical Jamaica, Orla will run from her demons and try to escape her depression once and for all. This controversial novel will spark discussions about the nature of gender, sexuality, power, and consent.