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"Wise and addictive... The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I've read in ages... a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class."--J. Courtney Sullivan in The New York Times
"The summer read that predicted the college-admissions scandal." -The Wall Street Journal
Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community
This deliciously sharp novel captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege.
Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. Seen through the lens of four families who've been a part of one another's lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group's children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. It's a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Part Big Little Lies, part Little Children, Bruce Holsinger’s third novel is a scathing-yet-sympathetic portrayal of hypercompetitive parenting. When a public magnet school is planned for a tony Colorado enclave, four mothers, friends since pregnancy, become obsessed with proving to their peers—and themselves—that their children are more special than the rest. In the process, friendships are ripped apart and long-held secrets are exposed. We loved this sly, smart take on how parents’ ambitions for their children can cause them to lose their grip on reality and morality.
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This was such a joy to read. It is beautifully written and thought provoking.
Tedious. Every character was dysfunctional or not believable. This story did not take me anywhere except happy to be through with it.
Good story , too long
Enjoyed this book but could have ended sooner.
Dragged on too long.