In Corinne Sullivan’s novel, INDECENT, Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools. She has secretly wanted to attend one since she was a young girl in Buffalo.
Soon after college graduation, she receives a prestigious apprenticeship to teach at the Vanderberg School for Boys in Scarsdale, New York. She accepts although she’s shy, introverted, has little teaching experience and even less experience with boys.
Soon she’s having an affair with one of the boys, Adam Kipling, aka Kip, who has no fear of being caught, or facing consequences. The boys of Vanderberg are the leaders of tomorrow and feel entitled to anything the world offers.
But what about Imogene. She is so out of her league and lost in the haze of first love, that she never looks at the potential consequences. She doesn’t worry about losing her job or even the possibility that this is a crime – illegal and so indecent.
Imogene was a character that was hard to like. She goes through life, as if it’s a play and she’s the starring character. INDECENT claims to explore issues of class, sex and gender, and even victimhood, but I don’t buy that. I do believe it’s a study in moral ambiguity, which is an excellent topic for these current times.
I must add, the cover is clever.
Corinne Sullivan studied English with a Creative Writing Concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications. Indecent is her debut novel.
When she’s not writing, Corinne is teaching spin classes, performing with DanceWorks New York City, and working as a bookseller at the independent book store, Book Culture. She lives with her fiancé and her fat dog, Jack, in Long Island City.