The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal

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Baker & Taylor
After a teacher has an affair with an underage student, a group of teenage girls gain a new awareness of their own power to attract and manipulate men, and when a local drama group turns the story of the affair into their year-end show, reality and drama merge into a surprising climax.

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A teacher's affair with his underage student jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own power. Their nascent desires surprise even themselves as they find the practice room where they rehearse with their saxophone teacher is the safe place where they can test out their abilities to attract and manipulate. It seems their every act is a performance, every platform a stage.

But when the local drama school turns the story into their year-end show, the real world and the world of the theater are forced to meet. With the dates of the performances--the musicians' and the acting students'--approaching, the dramas, real and staged, begin to resemble each other, until they merge in a climax worthy of both life and art. <!--EndFragment-->


Baker
& Taylor

After a teacher has an affair with an underage student, a group of teenage girls gains a new awareness of their own power to attract and manipulate, and when a local drama group turns the story of the affair into their year-end show, reality and drama merge.

Publisher: New York, NY : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316074339
0316074330
Branch Call Number: Fiction Catton
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm

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rhssally
Jun 16, 2016

beautifully written

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Nutty
Apr 26, 2016

This book is well written and dark. The stories blended a little too much in the last 50 pages or so, to the point that it was challenging to follow. The ending leaves a little bit to be desired.

acecarruthers Apr 27, 2015

I read this book because I loved the Luminaries and I was not disappointed. Loved the saxophone instructor and how explicitly she chose favourites amongst her students. Pretty dark stuff.

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

Very abstract. Little many mini stories put together and not always in logical order, to create the story.
Liked it.

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santiano9
Oct 26, 2013

Cannot remember who recommended this book. I tried to get into the story but gave up. Saxaphone teacher just creepy not amusing or interesting,

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modestgoddess
Mar 24, 2013

This novel had my brain scrambling from the start, trying to place where we were supposed to be in time & space - where were we in the sequence of events, were we onstage or in real life, and so on. I got used to the disorientation pretty quickly but found Catton's "placing" distracting and unhelpful. Not sure what it meant to the narrative to have it jump around from Saturday to Thursday to Friday to Monday, and from September to November to July back to September and so on. I did enjoy the view she gives the reader of life in a drama school and I thought she wove the stories of the students together most compellingly. A good read in the end, if a little chilling.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This young author pulls off this clever story about the "real" world and performance.

ChristchurchLib Jun 02, 2011

Hard to believe this is a first novel. Catton must have spent her high school years listening to her fellow pupils speak - the dialogue is perfect and her understanding of how adolescents, especially girls, behave is unerring.

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itstartswithano
May 03, 2011

I was a year below Eleanor Catton in high school, and I'm both impressed by and envious of her talent. The thing that stands out for me is not actually the story, but just how clever and polished her writing is. It reads like a piece of art - each word is a brush stroke, each beautifully constructed sentence another layer of rich, dark paint.

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21221012271000
Aug 10, 2010

Well written book.

However it may interest only those who are interested or versed in music and related arts.

Written with passion and illustrative with words.

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Apr 26, 2016

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