The Furies

The Furies

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." -- Booklist
After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief.

Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?

Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250048004
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: vi, 297 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 27, 2017

In general, the book is interesting. Grief, after losing a loved one, can manifest itself in a much unexpected way. The question arises: how someone could think of re-educating difficult adolescents with Greek tragedies?
The ending seemed to me somehow unnatural-something, like-everything will be all right. How could it be good, after all that had happened?

ChristchurchLib Oct 13, 2014

"After a devastating loss, grief-stricken theatre director Alex Morris retreats from London to Edinburgh, where she accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school for troubled teens. After working out some initial friction, she starts teaching her demanding fourth year class classic Greek dramas. A novice teacher, Alex is soon in over her head -- as her students absorb plots full of vengeance, guilt, death, and fated tragedies, they also insinuate themselves into her life in threatening, dangerous ways. Check it out if you enjoyed the close atmosphere and well-realised characters of Donna Tartt's The Secret History or Tana French's The Likeness." Thrillers and Suspense October 2014 newsletter


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