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The Girls of Huntington House
A teacher spends a year teaching English in a home for unwed mothers and recounts her experiences and those of her pupils.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published December 1st 1981 by Bantam Books
(first published August 1972)
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The experiences of teaching in an unwed mothers' maternity home is the central focus of this novel. It is told in first person by a young school teacher who is, initially, so caught up in the games of the teaching establishment that she cannot put aside her paragraphing and essay writing lessons t help the girls find relevance and order in their despair and chaos. As the teacher works with the girls, a bond of friendship and trust is established and the barriers of communication are broken. The ...more
Clare "Blossom" Elfman was an American novelist and senior literary editor of Buzzine. She was the mother of director and publisher Richard Elfman and musician and composer Danny Elfman, Her novel The Girls of Huntington House was produced as a film and received an Emmy as a television movie.More about Blossom Elfman...