ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers’ groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. Her manuscript for THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition.
A New Yorker by birth, Rebecca grew up in the close suburbs of Washington, D.C. in an academic family. A year spent in Germany at age eight would later provide the basis for the protagonist's background in THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD. Rebecca first learned about the Waldorf School movement at age 14 and quickly developed a fascination with its culture and philosophies. After studying elementary education for several years, she graduated with a degree in English, awarded with honors.
Rebecca lives and works near Washington, D.C. with her husband and their four young children.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Semifinalist in the
2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition
By Rebecca Coleman
An utterly absorbing look at the breakdown of a woman and a family, THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD (MIRA Books, October 2011, $15.95 U.S./$18.95 CAN.) is the beautifully written novel by Rebecca Coleman that explores a relationship between a teenager and a teacher as it veers from platonic to unsettlingly forbidden territory.
THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother’s extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts, each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is, for Judy, only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets. As the walls close in, Zach finds himself needing to disentangle himself from premature adulthood. But the lines between adult and child have blurred, and life and sanity are unraveling faster and further than anyone could ever have imagined.
Rebecca’s exploration of the controversial Waldorf School movement will make THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD a much-discussed and debated novel.
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