One afternoon, lawyer Sandy Stern returns home to find his wife Clara dead in the garage. From that day on, Sandy begins to discover that he did not really know the woman he was married to for 31 years and that his life will now never be the same again. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that ...
One afternoon, lawyer Sandy Stern returns home to find his wife Clara dead in the garage. From that day on, Sandy begins to discover that he did not really know the woman he was married to for 31 years and that his life will now never be the same again. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.
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I started reading this book and hadn't seen the made for TV movie. It seemed so bad to start with, that I jumped ahead to chapter 10 or so. Chapter 10 was so good, I went back and made the effort to read the book from scratch. I didn't regret it. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd rate it a 7. The legal intricacies obviously known by the author are what made the book interesting to me.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-04-26 Criminal defense lawyer Alejandro ``Sandy'' Stern copes with his wife's suicide, his three grown children and a government investigation of his brother-in-law's successful brokerage house. ``Turow develops a complex, satisfying plot, steeped in law and finance, that turns perhaps too often on coincidence but remains utterly faithful to its deeply probed characters,'' said PW. $200,000 ad/promo. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1990-04-13 The unexpected suicide of his wife of 31 years impels Alejandro Stern, the accomplished, self-contained criminal defense lawyer who defended Rusty Sabich in Presumed Innocent , on a Dantean exploration of his psyche. Clara's death comes just after Sandy has learned of a federal grand jury's investigation of Maison Dixon, a successful brokerage house in midwestern Kindle County owned by flamboyant Dixon Hartnell, the husband of Sandy's sister Silvia, and a longtime friend and client. Trying to determine the nature of the government's case, uncovering surprising information about Clara's health and financial dealings, entering into bewildering new relationships with women, Sandy is also forced to reexamine, through the lens of grief, his connection with his three grown children: Marta, a New York lawyer; Peter, a physician in Kindle County; and newly pregnant Kate, whose husband works at Maison Dixon. In a controlled, smoldering tone that flashes occasionally into flame, Turow develops a complex, satisfying plot, steeped in law and finance, that turns perhaps too often on coincidence but remains utterly faithful to its deeply probed characters. Sandy's painful, blindered passage through sorrow and grief to life and passion is a dark, finally affirming account of, in his own summing up, ``the heart-sore arithmetic of human events. Loss and gain.'' 750,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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