Author(s): Bruce Holsinger
Ambitious parents, wilful kids, and the pursuit of prestige - no matter the cost... A gripping page-turner, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies.
'Wise and addictive... an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class.' The New York Times
In the peaceful, privileged community of Crystal, Colorado, a group of close friends are raising their families in harmony.
Until one day, news begins to spread that a 'gifted school' will be opening its doors in their town. There are only a few prestigious places, and the competition will be ferocious.
As parents and children begin to compete, cracks start to show in this picturesque community. Fault lines appear between friends and siblings, in marriages and careers, as old resentments start to simmer and long-buried secrets threaten to detonate under the pressure...
Just how far will these parents go to give their children a good education, and what will be the ultimate price?
Praise for The Gifted School...
'Snapping with tension, this is a book for our times. It will push a lot of buttons for a lot of people'
SHARI LAPENA, AUTHOR OF THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
'Like Big Little Lies with standardized testing... a deeply pleasurable read'
MEG WOLITZER, AUTHOR OF THE FEMALE PERSUASION
'The summer read that predicted the college-admissions scandal'
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Exposes how easily a mix of good intentions, self-delusions, and minor sins can escalate'
THE NEW YORKER
'[A] timely and relevant read for the summer'
'A (hilariously) timely book that explores the lengths to which privileged parents will go to get their kids a top education'
NEW YORK POST
As compelling as Big Little Lies, this novel takes place in the titular school, where students and their families compete for prime positions. Focusing on four families, whose children have grown up together, Holsinger makes keen observations with a side of wit that will have any parent, or former school child, cringe and laugh in recognition - Elisa, Book Grocer