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The Drama Teacher

The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas
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Aug 07, 2018 | 400 Pages
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Advance praise for The Drama Teacher:

“Mesmerizing…Fascinated readers will keep turning the pages.” 
Publishers Weekly

“An unusual female perspective defies expectations and, ultimately, entertains.”
Kirkus

“A fast-paced, perfect poolside read.” 
Library Journal

The Drama Teacher is the story of a woman unraveling heart-stopping secrets and endless feats. A crackling examination of the difficult, dark, and familiar forces that exist within a family and within a parent, Koren Zailckas has captured the terrifying narrative of a family on the brink. Blazingly smart and hugely entertaining, The Drama Teacher is a psychological page-turner not to be missed.”
—Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton and The Tincture of Time

“Koren Zailckas has written a riveting psychological thriller with a deeply sympathetic female con artist at its heart. Her protagonist knows how to work the systems of social class to her advantage in fascinating ways, but discovers a terrifying truth buried in her own past that could destroy the life she’s built for herself. A darkly funny novel with surprises on every page, The Drama Teacher is an electrifying story of hidden identities and shattering family secrets.” 
—Blair Hurley, author of The Devoted


Praise for Mother, Mother:


2014 Winner of the Alex Award

“Superbly unsettling…Provocative…A haunting meditation on family, love and unimaginable loss…A firecracker thriller full of whip-smart psychological insights.” 
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Zailckas is a writer to watch and treasure…fiercely disturbing…one of the most profound and insightful books about mother-child relationships when they go devastatingly wrong.” —Dallas Morning News

It is a while since I’ve read anything as darkly funny as Koren Zailckas’s Mother, Mother…Superbly paced and structured, with dialogue worthy of Lena Dunham, Mother, Mother is an engrossing, and finally shocking, read.”The Guardian (UK)

“Koren Zailckas’s Mother Mother is disturbing in the best possible way: believably. The slow, subtle darkness at the core of this book starts as a trickle and grows to a flash flood, and not once does it stop feeling absolutely authentic. Zailckas has written a gut-wrenching exploration of narcissism, dependence and family. It’s an amazing book.” –Kelly Braffet, author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving

“A riveting fiction debut…it’s the kind of book that keeps you up at night, featuring a mother to rival Medea or Mrs. Bates…The shocking and violent denouement shows Zailckas to be a consummate storyteller.” –Publishers Weekly

“Richly imagined and bring[s] to mind Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted… An excellent page-turner recommended for those who enjoy psychological thrillers and aren’t afraid of narratives that look evil in the face.” –Library Journal

“Zailckas crafts an intriguing mystery surrounding this family that will keep readers on edge as she slowly peels back layer after layer of deception.” –Booklist

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