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One week before her sixteenth birthday, Lotte Kahs is kidnapped by a figure she calls the fiend—a dangerous and beguiling stranger with ambiguous unnaturalness both subtle and terrifying. To escape her conflicting feelings created by her abductor's frightful cruelty and equally disturbing affection, Lotte concentrates on memories of what moved her—music and the emotions awakened while dancing, sources of motivation connecting her to youth as she prepares for what's to come: the struggle between the fiend and herself to understand one another through harrowing acts of betrayal and unforgettable discoveries of self, necessity, desire, and each other.
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The Teaching Emotion's simultaneous suspension of and demand for reality combined with incidents from Lotte's past, the poignant recall of conversation, equivocal internal dialogue, and hypnotic rhythm results in a complex and jarring narrative that explores headlong a distressing paradox—the ache for and denial of something more inexplicable than oneself.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   kidnapping Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   two guys doing it    -   rape/molest Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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