Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Beginning: The Brightwood Stillness


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When the door opened, Hieu Nguyen remained seated in the plastic classroom chair beside the head secretary's desk, talking pro basketball with Monty, the albino custodian.

The Brightwood Stillness by Mark Pomeroy.  Just starting this book, I have mixed feelings about the plot. The story involves two high school teachers, one who is accused of sexually groping two of his students. Since the book is about the friendship between the two teachers, I suspect the accusations will prove to be false.

If so, that may make for a good novel, but it will rub me the wrong way, since a lot of my law work is with kids who were molested by trusted adults like teachers, and the idea of kids making up accusations to get unpopular teachers in trouble is a myth that needs to be put to rest.  I want to race to the end to see where the story goes.

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