What begins as a young woman’s infatuation soon escalates into a piercing study in power, obsession, and the disparity between art and reality.
Short-listed for the Ontario Trillium Literary Award, 1996 and Discover These Great New Writers, Barnes and Noble award, 1996
In this elegant novel of passion and art, award-winning Ann Ireland extends the boundaries of the traditional love story. The Instructorprobes the nature of power shifts between man and woman, teacher and student. It is a story of needs that become twisted into obsession.
Simone Paris is nineteen when she leaves a small town bound for Mexico with her art instructor, Otto Guest. Their affair is loaded with desire, not only physical but intellectual. Theirs is a mutual addiction made up of philosophy and shared aesthetic interest, entwined with sexual fascination. Six years after their relationship crumbles, Otto returns to Simone. His reappearance triggers vivid memories which she expresses in a voice matured by experience and regret.
Ann Ireland is the author of A Certain Mr. Takahashi (winner of the Seal First Novel Award), and Exile (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize). The first edition of her novel The Instructor was a finalist for the Ontario Trillium Award. She lives in Toronto.read more