The Instructor

Overview

1996 Ontario Trillium Literary Award — Shortlisted
1996 Discover These Great New Writers, Barnes and Noble Award — Shortlisted

What begins as a young woman’s infatuation soon escalates into a piercing study in power, obsession, and the disparity between art and reality.

In this elegant novel of passion and art, award-winning Ann Ireland extends the boundaries of the traditional love story. The Instructor probes 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.

Awards

Short-listed
Ontario Trillium Literary Award
1996
Short-listed
Discover These Great New Writers, Barnes and Noble award
1996

Reviews

Ireland's prose captures the experience of extremity while managing, for the most part, to avoid indulgence...a discomforting portrait of obsession; bit its retrospective construction enables the reader...to see beyond obsession and to revel in release

Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Ann Ireland

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Ann Ireland

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.