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Covington Branch CLIFF S (Text) 33126020412288 Adult Fiction Checked out 02/06/2021
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  • ISBN: 9781250077172 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250077176 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 376 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.

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"A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants in. Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st-century Edith Wharton." -J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements. It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them. Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way. Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford's debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes - money, ambition, family, friendship - and on the universal longing to fit in"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Social mobility > Fiction.
Upper class > Fiction.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 March #2

    A Loeb Award-winning reporter at the New York Times, Clifford turns her sharp eye on Manhattan's young and self-assuredly privileged. But Evelyn Beegan is not so self-assured or privileged; her high-aspiring mother has pushed her into a fancy prep school and equally fancy college, and now she's copped a job at a newly minted social networking site that depends on her exploiting the high-flying connections she presumably made. At a quick glance, the writing is delicious and well observed, and film rights for this debut novel have already been purchased by Fox 2000.

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  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 April #2

    Twentysomething Evelyn Beegan has just enough social-climbing bona fides (prep school, good college, a somewhat prominent attorney father, a somewhat pedigreed mother) to reach the fringes of 2006 Manhattan high society. When she lands a job with People Like Us, a start-up social media site for superrich young New Yorkers, she is charged with quickly increasing membership. She uses her school friends, her minimal connections, her quick mind, her dogged research skills, and her facility for lying to gain entry into the charity events, regattas, debuts, and stunningly excessive shopping and dining experiences that define the lives of her targets. The deeper she gets, the more she needs, and eventually she pays a price more terrible than the massive debts she runs up trying to buy her way in. Clifford, an award-winning reporter at the New York Times, has penned either a how-to (how-don't?) manual or a cautionary tale for those seeking access to this rarefied world. VERDICT A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later. [See Prepub Alert, 2/23/15.]—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

    [Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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