Friday, July 11, 2008

Growing up is not a waiting game

Express Staff Writer

Annette Haws

A new book, "Waiting for the Light to Change," by first time author Annette Haws concerns the complex world of adolescent angst and the lives of teachers trying to see into that world. The book is about Sarah, a single mother who teaches English and debate in high school. It explores the difficulties of teaching, parenting, learning to forgive, and surviving in a small town.

Iconoclast Books will host a book signing for Haws from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at 671 E. Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.

Sarah's difficulties are multi-faceted. She's constantly exhausted and over worked and battling with some of her own students. There aren't enough hours in the day. Her shy, high school age daughter's fragile equilibrium isn't helped when her father returns after 12 years away.

"Veteran teachers, obnoxious students, wonderful students, a new romance, and an ex-husband who complicates everything, wander across the pages," Haws said. "The main character, Sarah, has a fatal flaw, which drives the plot. She demonizes people who throw her world out of balance. If the book has a theme, that's it, polarization."

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