The Yearning tells the simple story of a schoolgirl enraptured by her new teacher, Solomon, as she discovers her own sexuality.
Enlisted to help the school ‘scrag’ spy on the teacher, who happens to be her neighbour, she finds herself drawn towards the charismatic man.
He helps her explore sexuality in a mature, idealistic sense and, unbeknownst to her, she offers him an escape as only young people are free to do.
What results, however, is a life-long yearning when they’re discovered by the girl’s parents and the couple are wrenched apart. Their relationship never reaches the natural conclusion of age differences and disillusions, so she is left with “what ifs” that pepper her marriage and motherhood.
Until she meets him again.
The Yearning is exquisite reading – a revelation for any woman recollecting her own sexual awakening. But more than that, Belle reveals the damage a lover can cause, the danger of fantasies ruling your reality.