Fifth Grade teacher, Dick Hammer, feels a profound connection with one of his students. Danilee Kindle is bright, willful, and needy. “A potent mix.” The more time he spends with the abandoned girl, and the closer they get, the more scrutiny Dick feels from his colleagues, his principal, and his wife.
As a forty-seven-year-old, first-year teacher, Dick staggers at the need he finds behind the gates at Cherry Blossom Elementary. He commits himself to educating, nurturing, and protecting every child. When murder enters the sphere of the classroom, Dick rushes his star pupil from danger.
I didn't know this subject could hold such interest for me, but the author handled it so well that I was totally drawn in! Well-crafted and real, the characters and story unfurled nicely, letting the reader make their own moral judgements along the way. It also reminded me about the multi-layered roles that some of our teachers have to play. Great book!!
Dan Fehr’s Buddhist teacher, Daito Matsui, has disappeared from the temple in Seattle. A woman disciple, Renee Wing, accuses Matsui of molesting her. Renee asks Dan for help. Dan discovers that Matsui has fled to the California beach town of Bolinas. As Dan plans for a Bolinas trip, Renee asks if she can ride along. Dan can’t imagine her going and can’t think of refusing her.
Dan and Renee hit the road together. Six days and nights, through the picturesque Pacific Northwest and Northern California. A budding romance with Renee takes Dan into confounding territory. The abused and avenging woman’s thoughts, words, and actions seem as enigmatic as those of the Zen Master himself.
Neither Coming Nor Going is an entertaining and enlightening look at what happens when a desperate seeker must choose between his own displaced needs, his loyalty to his spiritual teacher and tradition, and his consuming love for a bewitching and wounded woman.
Part mystery, part romance, part Zen primer, Neither Coming nor Going took me on a wonderful journey and taught me a little about meditation at the same time. The story circles around deeper issues of attachment and abandonment that stay with you long after the plot line is resolved.