A modest, quiet lady, Mara Raynor by no means dreamed she'd someday locate herself in control of the small deepest university in Washington, D.C., the place for a few years she taught song and choir. yet after the unforeseen loss of life of her husband, the school's headmaster, Mara reveals herself thrust into the general public eye, stressed not only with the duties of performing headmaster---a position she by no means wanted---but additionally with a possibly explosive political and spiritual controversy that exams mom and dad' and college directors' spirit of tolerance.
When a Sikh scholar is stuck donning a ceremonial knife on tuition grounds, worry spreads between mom and dad and the varsity board. Coming on the related second because the disappearance of Mara's teenage daughter, the talk quick assumes a much more own nature. not only any pupil, the Sikh boy is either the son of a lady with whom Mara stocks a sophisticated earlier and---as Mara quickly discovers---her personal daughter's boyfriend.
As it strikes from side to side in time among the varsity in modern Washington and a women' boarding college within the British geographical region in 1977, A Watch of Nightingales weaves a wealthy and textured exploration of worry and regret, the mysteries of affection, and the advanced tensions that ring down the generations from guardian to child.
"Conjuring the entwined lives of lecturers and scholars in colleges (and generations) on both sides of the Atlantic, A Watch of Nightingales stands along The major of leave out Jean Brodie and Goodbye, Mr Chips as a testomony to the tasks, rewards, and hazards of educating. it is a publication of luminous perception and quiet yet telling knowledge, approximately adolescence and adulthood and the bridge of loss and regret that connects them. Liza Wieland's is a mature and deeply relocating imaginative and prescient, conveyed in prose that sings as definite and transparent because the birds of her title."
---Peter Ho Davies, writer of The Welsh Girl
Praise for Liza Wieland:
"[T]here is a the Aristocracy and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism lacking from a lot glossy fiction and makes those tales absolutely soaking up adventures of the heart."
---Ron Hansen, writer of Exiles: A Novel
"Liza Wieland is aware all the way down to the bone how loneliness and love compel her characters to make their very unlikely offerings. not just does she have a searing intelligence and knowledge, her prose is through turns swish and astonishing."
---Jane Hamilton, writer of A Map of the World
Liza Wieland is the writer of 4 past works of fiction: The Names of the Lost; Discovering America; You Can Sleep whereas I Drive; and Bombshell, in addition to a quantity of poems, Near Alcatraz. Her paintings has been offered Pushcart Prizes, in addition to fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, the Christopher Isherwood origin, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She teaches artistic writing and literature at East Carolina college in Greenville, North Carolina.