My Education: A Novel

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An intimately charged novel of desire and disaster from the author of American Woman and A Person of Interest

Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill.  He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned ...

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Overview

An intimately charged novel of desire and disaster from the author of American Woman and A Person of Interest

Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill.  He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty—or his charismatic, volatile wife.

My Education is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which only begin in the bedroom, and end—if they do—fifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.

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“The academic novel married to the novel of obsession is almost too pleasurable to contemplate, but that’s what this book is…Choi’s an extremely confident writer, and in My Education she beautifully explores the way a young person tries, and often fails, to navigate her budding and intersecting sexual, intellectual, and emotional lives.  The writing in this novel is masterful – but the book did something to me emotionally, too.  I felt like I was in an obsessive relationship with it.  I wanted to read it all the time.”—Meg Wolitzer, npr.org
 
“Choi gets top marks for slyly re-inventing the affaire de l’Académie in My Education.”Vanity Fair
 
“A fascinating examination of sexual politics and the many disguises of desire.”—The Daily Beast
 
“A scorching hot read…a chaise-lounge literary page-turner par excellence:  sexy, smart, well-plotted, jammed with observations witty and profound, and so well-written it occasionally leaves you gasping.”New York Newsday
 
“A tricky book to categorize.  On the one hand, it’s a campus novel…At the same time, this is just the background against which the larger story unfolds.  What Choi is after is the elusive territory of experience, the way people and events imprint us when we’re young and then linger, exerting a subtle pressure over how we live our lives.”The Los Angeles Times
 
"Sizzling...a story filled with fiery love affairs, regrettable mistakes, and between-the-sheets scenes that blow 50 Shades of Grey out of the water."—self.com

“Explores a young heart and its painfully naïve and bold ways…It’s The Graduate meets The L Word meets the Carey Mulligan flick An Education.”Marie Claire

"My Education is a raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge. Susan Choi's vast gifts as a novelist are all on display, with her restlessness, curiosity and sheer daring leading the way." —Jennifer Egan

“When I finished Susan Choi’s My Education, I nearly gasped.  She had managed one of the most exquisite of the novelist’s magic acts – produced a cogent, passionate, and surprising story, while acknowledging the ordinary, eroding aspects of lives lived daily.   She had populated it with remarkable but utterly believable characters.  She had written lines that could be framed, and displayed at a sentence festival.  She has, in short, written an amazing book.” —Michael Cunningham

From the Publisher

Praise for My Education:

“The academic novel married to the novel of obsession is almost too pleasurable to contemplate, but that’s what this book is…Choi’s an extremely confident writer, and in My Education she beautifully explores the way a young person tries, and often fails, to navigate her budding and intersecting sexual, intellectual, and emotional lives.  The writing in this novel is masterful – but the book did something to me emotionally, too.  I felt like I was in an obsessive relationship with it.  I wanted to read it all the time.”—Meg Wolitzer, npr.org
 
“Choi gets top marks for slyly re-inventing the affaire de l’Académie in My Education.”Vanity Fair
 
“A fascinating examination of sexual politics and the many disguises of desire.”—The Daily Beast
 
“A scorching hot read…a chaise-lounge literary page-turner par excellence:  sexy, smart, well-plotted, jammed with observations witty and profound, and so well-written it occasionally leaves you gasping.”New York Newsday
 
“A tricky book to categorize.  On the one hand, it’s a campus novel…At the same time, this is just the background against which the larger story unfolds.  What Choi is after is the elusive territory of experience, the way people and events imprint us when we’re young and then linger, exerting a subtle pressure over how we live our lives.”The Los Angeles Times
 
"Sizzling...a story filled with fiery love affairs, regrettable mistakes, and between-the-sheets scenes that blow 50 Shades of Grey out of the water."self.com

“Explores a young heart and its painfully naïve and bold ways…It’s The Graduate meets The L Word meets the Carey Mulligan flick An Education.”Marie Claire

"My Education is a raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge. Susan Choi's vast gifts as a novelist are all on display, with her restlessness, curiosity and sheer daring leading the way." —Jennifer Egan

“When I finished Susan Choi’s My Education, I nearly gasped.  She had managed one of the most exquisite of the novelist’s magic acts – produced a cogent, passionate, and surprising story, while acknowledging the ordinary, eroding aspects of lives lived daily.   She had populated it with remarkable but utterly believable characters.  She had written lines that could be framed, and displayed at a sentence festival.  She has, in short, written an amazing book.” —Michael Cunningham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143125570
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 143,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.  Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third, A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.  A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W. G.Sebald Award.  She teaches at Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Disappointed

    I was really excited to read this book after reading all the positive reviews, but I am baffled how so many people liked this book. The author was more interested in showing off her vocabulary than telling a story. If I have to stop to look up the meaning of a word 3 times on each page, I kind of start loosing interest. Also, the sentences were so long I had to go back and reread them to try to remember what she was talking about. After page 37 I just abandoned the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    A Good Read

    Yes, there were lots of big words and many run on sentences, but the characters and the story was great! I love that she gave us a look into the character's future so we didnt have to wonder what happened to them. I recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    I was looking forward to reading this book after having heard an

    I was looking forward to reading this book after having heard an interview with the author.  The story started out slowly and never picked up steam.  It seems more effort was given to describing scenery than to character development.  Nearly all the characters are uninteresting and underdeveloped.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    I was enthralled from start to finish - and a wonderful finish i

    I was enthralled from start to finish - and a wonderful finish it was.  Choi's mastery of nuance and language made each page a pleasure.  I hope her other books are just as good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Enjoyed

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was very interesting , shows how people change as they age..........

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