a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"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
(Unread/unseen by me, but there seems to be no mathematical
content beyond the one bit, gleaned from bookstore skimming.)
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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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)