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Admission
Korelitz, Jean Hanff
Adult Fiction KORELIT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Portia Nathan, the overly dedicated 38-year-old Princeton admissions officer, narrator of Korelitz's overthought fourth novel, finds purpose in her gatekeeper role. But her career and conscience are challenged after she visits a down-at-the-heels New England town on a scouting trip and meets Jeremiah, a talented but rough-around-the-edges 17-year-old who maybe doesn't measure up as Princeton material. The real rub is how making his acquaintance forces Portia to confront a painful secret from her past that ties into some domestic discord with her professor husband, David, and may lead her into a career-endangering fracas with the admissions board. The narrative is slow out of the gate, though it gets some pep once the Jeremiah-Portia angle comes into focus. And even if Portia tends to ruminate in an precious way, Korelitz makes good use of the sociological issues tied up in elite university admissions. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Nothing comes before Portia Nathan's job as an admissions officer at Princeton University. When Mark, her domestic partner of 16 years, moves in with his pregnant lover, Portia buries herself in the ever-growing stacks of admission applications; she's in deep denial, ignoring her answering machine, her personal mail, and even her hygiene. Months before Mark left her, Portia had a sudden dalliance with John, a teacher at the experimental Quest school she visited on a recruiting trip. When John comes to tour Princeton with some of his students, their arrival brings Portia back to reality as one student, a quirky, brilliant autodidact who badly wants to go to Princeton, tugs at her heartstrings. Korelitz's fourth novel (after The White Rose) vividly brings to life the incredible stress borne by admissions workers. Readers will experience the challenge of the admissions process at an Ivy League school, where every applicant tends toward the extraordinary. This engaging and surprisingly suspenseful novel is highly recommended for all public libraries.-Keddy Ann Outlaw, Harris Cty. P.L., Houston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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