Join Book Club Girl as she welcomes Nayana Currimbhoy to discuss her new novel, Miss Timmins School for Girls.
A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n' roll, and freedoms she never knew existed.
Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu's real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.
“An irresistible novel that hurls forward at breathtaking speed toward an unpredictable climax.” —Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us
“Beautifully written, atmospheric…contains entire worlds. I couldn’t put it down.” —Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan