The Finishing School

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The Finishing School

By Muriel Spark

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400077397, 181pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2005

Description

From Muriel Spark, the grande dame of literary satire, comes this swift, deliciously witty tale of writerly ambition that recalls her beloved The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located, for now, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into Rowland’s creative writing class comes seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley, a red-haired literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots, has already excited the interest of publishers. The inevitable result: keen envy, and a game of cat and mouse fraught with jealousy and attraction, both literary and sexual.



About the Author
The writer of some of the best sentences in English (The New Yorker), Muriel Spark (1918 2006) was the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, and The Driver s Seat. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.


Praise For The Finishing School

“An empress of literary sleight of hand. . . . What grace and beauty she’s still displaying during the golden days and starlit nights of her absolutely marvelous career.” –The Washington Post“Ingeniously comic. . . . Spark has packed a multitude of twists and turns into this relatively brief novel, and the action skims along merrily from one surprising revelation to the next.” –Los Angeles Times Book ReviewThe Finishing School has all the ingredients of her best-known fiction.” –The New York Times“Delicious. . . . A deft new comic novel. . . . Spark remains a master of quick-stroke portraiture and trenchant moral investigation.” –The Seattle Times“A youthful academic comedy. . . . Her style . . . remains as sharp, even shocking, as it’s always been.” –The New York Times Book Review