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Baker & Taylor
Struggling with an extramarital affair, an imperious board of trustees head, and the presumptuous parents of her students, private school headmistress Kathryn Hoffman works to help a troubled but promising senior, his devoted girlfriend, and his emotionally absent mother. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Set in the private school world of Manhattan's Upper East Side, POSH tracks the lives of a group of teenagers and the adults who hope to control them. It’s a world of over-the-top entitlement and tribal customs, a world of surface interactions and deep needs—a world of private schools and privilege.
Griffin is a preparatory school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with the best students—and the richest parent body—the city has to offer. In this eloquent novel set during one class’s senior year at the Griffin School, among the queen bees and the wannabes, Michael Avery and Julianne Coopersmith begin a relationship. Their backgrounds are so different—he’s beyond privileged and rich, her mother is a writer who drives a cab—but it’s the rich boy who ends up being the needy one, with an emotional hole they both believe only Julianne can fill. Their parents are not immune from internal torture either—Michael’s mother finds it easier to love her Chinese Crested Hairless than her own child, and Julianne’s mother’s protective instincts have unexpected consequences.

Fast-paced, gently satirical, yet deeply felt, POSH is a surprisingly poignant and knowing novel distinguished by its spare and elegant prose.

Blackwell North Amer
Griffin is a preparatory school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with the best students - and the wealthiest parent body - the city has to offer. The emotionally charged lives of the teenagers and adults that collide and intersect at Griffin include those of:
Kathryn "Lazy" Hoffman, the headmistress at the Griffin School, who is in the midst of an affair she almost can't remember why she started. Lazy sneaks cigarettes and ministers to students, but her cross to bear is the parents - especially those who wonder why their precious children won't be going to Harvard.
Michael Avery, smart, driven, and clearly on the fast track to Cambridge, but so profoundly troubled that he becomes a burden to his girlfriend.
Julianne Coopersmith, a sweetly compassionate child of divorce who happily wears designer hand-me-downs from her best friend. She adores Michael even in the face of his neediness and meltdowns.
Susan Avery, who is detached from her brilliant but tortured son, and finds it's easier to love her Chinese Crested Hairless than her own child.
Dee Coopersmith, who sleeps alone on a pull-out couch in her living room and whose life couldn't be in starker contrast to the lives of the rest of the parent body at Griffin, but whose sense of self and fierce protection for her daughter have unexpected consequences.

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Struggling with the imperious head of the board of trustees and the presumptuous parents of her students, private school headmistress Kathryn Hoffman works to help a troubled senior, his girlfriend, and his emotionally absent mother.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312363895
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 22 cm


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navy_eagle_78 Aug 14, 2012

i like that it is written in the third person.

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