By Curtis Sittenfeld

ISBN-10: 0345503880

ISBN-13: 9780345503886

ISBN-10: 081297235X

ISBN-13: 9780812972351

ISBN-10: 1400062314

ISBN-13: 9781400062317

ISBN-10: 1419343831

ISBN-13: 9781419343834

Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly humorous coming-of-age tale in addition to a super dissection of sophistication, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.

Lee Fiora is an clever, observant fourteen-year-old whilst her father drops her off in entrance of her dorm on the prestigious Ault university in Massachusetts. She leaves her lively, affectionate family members in South Bend, Indiana, at the least partially due to the boarding school’s smooth brochure, within which boys in sweaters chat in entrance of previous brick constructions, ladies in kilts carry lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everybody sings hymns in chapel.

As Lee quickly learns, Ault is a cloistered global of jaded, appealing childrens who spend summers on Nantucket and converse of their personal shrewdpermanent shorthand. either intimidated and desirous about her classmates, Lee turns into a sensible observer of–and, finally, a player in–their rituals and mores. As a scholarship pupil, she continuously seems like an intruder and is either attracted to and repelled via different loners. by way of the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won position for herself at Ault. but if her habit takes a self-destructive and hugely public flip, her conscientiously crafted id in the group is shattered.

eventually, Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with lecturers; severe friendships with different ladies; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who's under a boyfriend and greater than a overwhelm; conflicts together with her mom and dad, from whom Lee feels more and more far away, coalesce into a novel portrait of the painful and exciting formative years common to us all.

BONUS: This variation contains an excerpt from Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland.

Praise for Prep

“Curtis Sittenfeld is a tender author with a loopy volume of expertise. Her sharp and in your price range prose reminds us of Joan Didion and Tobias Wolff. Like them, she has a sly and effective wit, which cuts unexpectedly–but often–through the placid floor of her prose. Her voice is powerful and transparent, her ethical compass regular; I’d think whatever she advised me.”—Dave Eggers, writer of A Heartbreaking paintings of spectacular Genius

Prep’s each sentence jewelry real. Sittenfeld is a emerging star.”—Wally Lamb, writer of She’s Come Undone and I recognize This a lot Is True

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