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Prep * * * * *SIGNED* * * * *

Curtis Sittenfeld

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ISBN 10: 1400062314 / ISBN 13: 9781400062317
Published by Random House, NY, 2005
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Title: Prep * * * * *SIGNED* * * * *

Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page

Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.

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Synopsis:

Curtis Sittenfeld?s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school?s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel.

As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of?and, ultimately, a participant in?their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she?s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered.

Ultimately, Lee?s experiences?complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.

Review:

" Curtis Sittenfeld is a young writer with a crazy amount of talent. Her sharp and economical prose reminds us of Joan Didion and Tobias Wolff. Like them, she has a sly and potent wit, which cuts unexpectedly- but often- through the placid surface of her prose. Her voice is strong and clear, her moral compass steady; I' d believe anything she told me."
- Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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" Speaking in a voice as authentic as Salinger' s Holden Caulfield and McCullers' Mick Kelly, Curtis Sittenfeld' s Lee Fiora tells unsugared truths about adolescence, alienation, and the sociology of privilege. Prep' s every sentence rings true. Sittenfeld is a rising star."
- Wally Lamb, author of "She' s Come Undone" and "I Know This Much Is True"
" In her deeply involving first novel, Curtis Sittenfeld invites us inside the fearsome echo chamber of adolescent self-consciousness. But Prep is more than a coming of age story- it' s a study of social class in America, and Sittenfeld renders it with astonishing deftness and clarity."
- Jennifer Egan, author of "Look at Me"
" Sittenfeld ensconces the reader deep in the world of the Ault School and the churning mind of Lee Fiora (a teenager as complex and nuanced as those of Salinger), capturing every vicissitude of her life with the precision of a brilliant documentary and the delicacy and strength of a poem."
- Thisbe Nissen, author of "Osprey Island"
" Open Prep and you' ll travel back in time: Sittenfeld' s novel is funny, smart, poignant, and tightly woven together, with a very appealing sense of melancholy."
- Jill A. Davis, author of "Girls' Poker Night
"
" Prep does something considerable in the realm of discussing class in American culture. The ethnography on adolescence is done in pitch-perfect detail. Stunning and lucid."
- Matthew Klam, author of "Sam the Cat"
Funny, excruciatingly honest, improbably sexy, and studded with hard-won, eccentric wisdom about high school, heartbreak, and social privilege. One of the most impressive debut novels in recent memory."
- Tom Perrotta, author of "Little Children" and "Election"

"From the Hardcover edition."

Curtis Sittenfeld is a young writer with a crazy amount of talent. Her sharp and economical prose reminds us of Joan Didion and Tobias Wolff. Like them, she has a sly and potent wit, which cuts unexpectedly but often through the placid surface of her prose. Her voice is strong and clear, her moral compass steady; I d believe anything she told me.
Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Speaking in a voice as authentic as Salinger s Holden Caulfield and McCullers Mick Kelly, Curtis Sittenfeld s Lee Fiora tells unsugared truths about adolescence, alienation, and the sociology of privilege. Prep s every sentence rings true. Sittenfeld is a rising star.
Wally Lamb, author of She s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
In her deeply involving first novel, Curtis Sittenfeld invites us inside the fearsome echo chamber of adolescent self-consciousness. But Prep is more than a coming of age story it s a study of social class in America, and Sittenfeld renders it with astonishing deftness and clarity.
Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me
Sittenfeld ensconces the reader deep in the world of the Ault School and the churning mind of Lee Fiora (a teenager as complex and nuanced as those of Salinger), capturing every vicissitude of her life with the precision of a brilliant documentary and the delicacy and strength of a poem.
Thisbe Nissen, author of Osprey Island
Open Prep and you ll travel back in time: Sittenfeld s novel is funny, smart, poignant, and tightly woven together, with a very appealing sense of melancholy.
Jill A. Davis, author of Girls Poker Night

Prep does something considerable in the realm of discussing class in American culture. The ethnography on adolescence is done in pitch-perfect detail. Stunning and lucid.
Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat
Funny, excruciatingly honest, improbably sexy, and studded with hard-won, eccentric wisdom about high school, heartbreak, and social privilege. One of the most impressive debut novels in recent memory.
Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Election

From the Hardcover edition."

"Curtis Sittenfeld is a young writer with a crazy amount of talent. Her sharp and economical prose reminds us of Joan Didion and Tobias Wolff. Like them, she has a sly and potent wit, which cuts unexpectedly-but often-through the placid surface of her prose. Her voice is strong and clear, her moral compass steady; I'd believe anything she told me."
-Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

"Speaking in a voice as authentic as Salinger's Holden Caulfield and McCullers' Mick Kelly, Curtis Sittenfeld's Lee Fiora tells unsugared truths about adolescence, alienation, and the sociology of privilege. Prep's every sentence rings true. Sittenfeld is a rising star."
-Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
"In her deeply involving first novel, Curtis Sittenfeld invites us inside the fearsome echo chamber of adolescent self-consciousness. But Prep is more than a coming of age story-it's a study of social class in America, and Sittenfeld renders it with astonishing deftness and clarity."
-Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me
"Sittenfeld ensconces the reader deep in the world of the Ault School and the churning mind of Lee Fiora (a teenager as complex and nuanced as those of Salinger), capturing every vicissitude of her life with the precision of a brilliant documentary and the delicacy and strength of a poem."
-Thisbe Nissen, author of Osprey Island
"Open Prep and you'll travel back in time: Sittenfeld's novel is funny, smart, poignant, and tightly woven together, with a very appealing sense of melancholy."
-Jill A. Davis, author of Girls' Poker Night

"Prep does something considerable in the realm of discussing class in American culture. The ethnography on adolescence is done in pitch-perfect detail. Stunning and lucid."
-Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat
Funny, excruciatingly honest, improbably sexy, and studded with hard-won, eccentric wisdom about high school, heartbreak, and social privilege. One of the most impressive debut novels in recent memory."
-Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Election

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