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This is a stunning vel in the great tradition of American coming-of-age vels from Catcher in the Rye to The Secret History . Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel. But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find - and maintain - her place in the pecking order.
Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller American Wife. Her first novel, Prep, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel was The Man of My Dreams . She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.