The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel

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by Mary Helen Stefaniak
     
 

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Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a worldly schoolteacher turns the small town of Threestep, Georgia, upside down. Miss Grace Spivey defies the traditional curriculum and racial boundaries alike, regaling her charges with readings from the Thousand Nights and a Night and casting a gifted African American student as "chief engineer" of the

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Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a worldly schoolteacher turns the small town of Threestep, Georgia, upside down. Miss Grace Spivey defies the traditional curriculum and racial boundaries alike, regaling her charges with readings from the Thousand Nights and a Night and casting a gifted African American student as "chief engineer" of the town's annual festival, newly reinvented as the Baghdad Bazaar. But her progressive actions are not without consequence and ultimately culminate in a night of death-defying stories that take readers on a magic carpet ride from a schoolroom in the South to the banks of the Tigris (and back again).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393080445
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
962,789
File size:
989 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prize-winning author of The Turk and My Mother, Self Storage and Other Stories, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. She lives in Omaha and Iowa City.

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wightknyte More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is Stefaniak's most captivating work to date. At least, it is the most captivating one that I know of. Beautifully voiced and described, it is rich in imagination, compassion, and insight. I was delighted from the first sentence and didn't want to stop when the book ended. This is a book people will remember.