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The Gifted School
A Novel
Large type / large print edition
By (author): Bruce Holsinger
9780593104378 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Jul 02, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.1 x 9.17 x 1.14 in 656 pages Large Print Random House Large Print
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One of NPR’s “Favorite Books of 2019”!

“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.

Story Locale: Colorado

WELL-TOLD, ADDICTIVE AND COMPELLING: Told from multiple perspectives, both kid and adult, the writing feels big and important, and perfectly balances sharply compelling characters with humor and social commentary.

TIMELY SUBJECT, SHARPLY OBSERVED: In the age of helicopter parenting and the debates that rage around public and charter schools, Bruce Holsinger offers a nuanced, witty look at the parenthood and education.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: The author is a college professor, from a family of elementary and high school educators. He’s also a parent of two kids in a cut-throat American college town. Both professionally and personally, he has been a close-up witness to the cumulative effects of the helicopter-parenting culture for so many years that he is now able to see it with the satirical edge that it deserves - and turn it into really juicy entertainment for the rest of us.

JUICY MATERIAL FOR READERS OF ALL STRIPES: This is a book that can be given to parents across the board, literary and commercial readers alike, parents of kids at any age. It’s funny and knowing, but also warmly done. The Gifted School is for anyone who has raised a child in the 21st century—or judged someone raising a child in the 21st century.

TALKABLE PLOT: With its exploration of contemporary parenting from multiple angles, this novel is a certain book club favorite.

CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Riverhead hardcover. Also available as an unabridged audiobook from Penguin Audio.

Bruce Holsinger teaches at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Author Residence: Charlottesville, Virginia

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