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Amy and Isabelle (1998)
Elizabeth Strout

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A highly praised mother-daughter novel, selected by Oprah, and recently produced by Oprah as a made-for-TV movie.

Set in 1971 Maine, a 16-year-old girl has an affair with her high school math teacher. The attraction begins when the teacher gets frustrated with his class's lack of interest, and chides them for not responding to the inherent beauty, and the girl spontaneously quotes the first line of "Euclid alone".

(Unread/unseen by me, but there seems to be no mathematical content beyond the one bit, gleaned from bookstore skimming.)

Contributed by Stephen Meskin

The book is an easy read. I read it only because the book club I belong to selected it. It is a "woman's book." I don't mean that as a pejorative but only as a description. It deals with emotions and feelings; there is not much plot. The mathematics is limited to the humane but lecherous HS math teacher upon whom a shy student has a crush.

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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

MotifRomance, Math Education,

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