Tasmanian schoolteacher Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted fourth grader, Lucien. Her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true-crime story about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress in a nearby town. Kate herself has become so obsessed with the murder and so convinced that the published account has it all wrong that she sets about writing her own version -- this one for children, narrated by Australian animals. Though Lucien's father brings Kate to life sexually in encounters of escalating eroticism, he cannot dull her obsession. Fixated on the crime of passion, Kate is becoming less and less aware of the present and of how her behavior may align her fate with that of the dead girl. Chloe Hooper chillingly captures this young woman's unraveling in an intense, witty, superbly crafted novel.
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"Fourth-grade teacher Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her student, Lucien Marne. Complicating matters, the wife of Kate's lover has written a bestselling true crime book about the murder, two decades earlier, of a young woman, apparently killed by her lover's jealous wife. Kate begins to draw sinister parallels between her own illicit affair and the one in the book. Australian narrator Kate Hosking reads the novel with an effective but unsettling blend of innocence and erotic yearning, as field trips and tte-ˆ-ttes take the young teacher through the Tasmanian countryside and old penal colonies. Equally unsettling are the fragments of another narrative, an analysis of the twenty-year-old murder as investigated by the animals of the forest. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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