Notes on a Scandal

What Was She Thinking?: A Novel

Zoë Heller

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Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.

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Notes on a Scandal
1The first time I ever saw Sheba was on a Monday morning, early in the winter term of 1996. I was standing in the St. George's car park, getting books out of the back of my car, when she came through the gates on a bicycle--an old-fashioned, butcher-boy model with a basket in the front. Her hair was arranged in one of those artfully dishevelled up-dos: a lot of stray tendrils framing the jaw, and something like a chopstick piercing a rough bun at the back. It was the sort of hairstyle that film actresses wear when they're playing sexy lady doctors.

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"An intense, witty, literary page-turner"--Entertainment Weekly
 
"Equally adroit at satire and at psychological suspense, Zoë Heller charts the course of a predatory friendship and demonstrates the lengths to which some people go for human company."--The New Yorker
 
"A deliciously perverse, laugh-out-loud-funny novel."--Vogue
 
"A triumph of intelligence and narrative control."--The Times (London)
 
"Heller is a great ventriloquist of character, and as the unhinged curator of the Sheba affair, Barbara is painfully note perfect."--The Washington Post Book World
 
"Wicked and wonderful social satire."--Glamour

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Zoë Heller

Zoë Heller was born in London and lives in New York City. She is the author of the novel Everything You Know.

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Notes on a Scandal
What Was She Thinking?: A Novel
Zoë Heller

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
December 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426095
ISBN10: 0312426097
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$14.00

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Picador
December 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429912174
ISBN10: 1429912170
272 pages
$7.99
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