The great thing about book club is reading books you probably wouldn’t normally select to read. The Kingdom of Childhood is one of those, but it makes for interesting discussion over the dinner table.
It’s the story of a kindergarten teacher who has an affairs with her son’s sixteen year old friend. The story dives back and forth between her own childhood spent in Germany and her present, outlining the terrible marriage she’s stuck in and the alternative life of the Waldorf school system.
The book was published in 1995, around the same time as the story of 35 year old Mary Kay Letourneau who had a relationship with 12 year old Vili Fualaau was hitting the media. Obviously, none of us around the table thought it was okay under any circumstances to have an affair with your student, however, unlike the Letourneau-Fualaau case, the student in the book was of legal age and instigated the affair.
It’s difficult to go into too much detail of this story without giving away large chunks of plot, however if you’re looking for a thought provoking and/or discussion top, The Kingdom of Childhood is the perfect book.