Rochester, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2011
From author John Charles Lawrence comes a daring novel that will engross readers from beginning to end. Published posthumously through Xlibris, Never, Ever Land is sun, skin, sex, school, scandal, mansions, money, Manhattan, Long Island, comedy, tragedy, girls, teachers, alcohol, drugs, law enforcement, literature and love. It is Bright Lights, Big City mixed with Dead Poets’ Society with a smack of Lolita and Vox, set in the land of The Great Gatsby.
Benjamin Goodspeed, English teacher and Harvard graduate, is two parts Mr. Chips, one part Charles Bukowski and one part Charlie Brown. Ben’s voice is fierce and funny; he comically mimics the language and manners of his literary heroes while concealing as much as possible about his debt-ridden, petty criminal working class past. The story begins where The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” left off—“young teacher the subject of schoolgirl fantasy.” The scandal could be torn from the front pages of today’s New York Times or the cover of People. The schoolgirls could be torn from the J.Crew catalogue.
Girl wonder Wendy Love spins her web through instant messaging, email, hacking the school website, journal entries, and increasingly provocative, anonymous, possible roman à clef submissions to the school literary magazine. On one level, she is as cute and charismatic as Salinger’s adolescents; on another she is a siren singing the Sagamore Hill School to shipwreck. To save his job and his sanity, Ben struggles to separate facts and fictions. A love quadrangle, controlled substances, his tri-polar sister, five-year-old nephew, and dead father do not provide much clarity. The students of Ben’s swank New York prep school—founded by the Roosevelts and run by dot.com billionaires—are lovely and hormonal, the types of characters who roam the hallways in everyone’s best and worst dreams of high school.
At his lawyer’s behest, Ben must piece together gossip and hearsay, text messages and police reports, poems and stories, newspaper clippings and whispered conversations—the gathered evidence that forms the mystery and wonder of Never, Ever Land. Structured like Da Vinci Code, this is a literary page-turner and an affectionate satire of sex and romance, of yearning and youth, of memory and imagination, and of love in a time of terror.
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About the Author
Author John Charles Lawrence was a Summa Cum Laude Harvard graduate, an experienced English teacher, a published writer and a former book editor who lived in New York. He taught at some of the best private schools in Boston, New York and Long Island. Lawrence’s work has appeared on the radio and in several books, newspapers and periodicals including: National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” the Harvard Crimson, Harvard University Gazette, The Harvard Education Report, The Young Reader’s Companion (Bowker, 1993), The Student Handbook (Southwestern, 1992), The Volume Library (Southwestern, 1992), and The Weekly Reader.
Never, Ever Land * by John Charles Lawrence
Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 216 pages; 978-1-4628-8864-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 216 pages; 978-1-4628-8863-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-8865-8
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