Yearning

Yearning

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It’s 1978 in an Australian country town and a dreamy teenaged girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.

Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it is a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive.

Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. And what happens next will torment them forever - in ways neither can imagine.
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  • Simon & Schuster Australia | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781922052636 | 
  • April 2013
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Reading Group Guide


This reading group guide for The Yearning by Kate Belle includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Introduction

It’s 1978 and a dreamy fifteen year old girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her window. He assumes it a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive. Solomon knows he must resist, but he has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, she turns up unannounced and they must make a decision where the consequences will haunt them until they meet again twenty years later.


A new voice in Australian writing captures perfectly the tumult of being young and in love with the wrong man, at a time when the whole world was changing.




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