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Publisher's Summary

What if your first love was your one and only chance of happiness? In our lives, some promises are easily forgotten, while others come to haunt us with tragic results. From the best-selling author of The Girl on the Page comes The Lessons, a compelling novel about love and betrayal. 

1961: When teens Daisy and Harry meet, it feels so right they promise to love each other forever, but in 1960s England, everything is stacked against them: class, education, expectations. When Daisy is sent by her parents to live with her glamorous, bohemian Aunt Jane, a novelist working on her second book, she is confronted by adult truths and suffers a loss of innocence that flings her far from the one good thing in her life, Harry. 

1983: Jane Curtis, now a famous novelist, is at a prestigious book event in New York, being interviewed about her life and work, including a novel about the traumatic coming of age of a young woman. But she won't answer the interviewer's probing questions. What is she trying to hide? 

This is a novel about the painful lessons life has to teach us, about ourselves, about love, honesty, and morality. Echoing novels such as Persuasion and A Room with a View and the memoir An Education, The Lessons is a striking and powerful story about the loss of innocence and betrayal and how much we can forgive—if we forgive.

©2022 John Purcell (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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