The Gifted School


      The Gifted School
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780525534969Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the communityThis deliciously sharp novel captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado,The Gifted Schoolis a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile up with long held secrets and lies Seen through the lens of four families who ve been a part of one another s lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group s children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate It s a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost. Read The Gifted School – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and scholar of medieval literature who teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville His first two novels, A BURNABLE BOOK and THE INVENTION OF FIRE, are set in and around medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives His third novel, THE GIFTED SCHOOL, will appear from Riverhead Books in summer 2019.He is also the author or editor of six nonfiction books on medieval literature and culture, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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  • Hardcover
  • 450 pages
  • The Gifted School
  • Bruce Holsinger
  • English
  • 17 April 2018

10 thoughts on “ The Gifted School

  1. says:

    This book makes the Varsity Blues scandal look almost G rated.This was one wild read Review to follow.So I finished this yesterday What a wild ride I enjoyed The Gifted School It s much deeper then I expected it to be frankly and though it is long, the pages sort of fly It was a great read.So I do not have children I mention this because I wondered if I d be able to relate to the subject matter I do think people who DO have kids will have a better grasp of how such things could happen.For This book makes the Varsity Blues scandal look almost G rated.This was one wild read Review to follow.So I finished this yesterday What a wild ride I enjoyed The Gifted School It s much deeper then I expected it to be frankly and though it is long, the pages sort of fly It was a great read.So I do not have children I mention this because I...

  2. says:

    The Gifted School is a slow burn read, centered around friendship and family drama with a few twists to spice things up along the way As an educator for over 20 years I found the book very realistic in its portrayal of the behind the scenes look at the gifted label It s amazing what some people will do to try to have their child ren labeled as gifted when they are simply hard working, good students So much pressure and impossible to meet expectations are put on these amazing children so The Gifted School is a slow burn read, centered around friendship and family drama with a few twists to spice things up along the way As an educator for over 20 years I found the book very realistic in its portrayal of the behind the scenes look at the gifted label It s amazing what some people will do to try to have their child ren labeled as gifted when they are simply hard working, good students So much pressure and impossible to meet expectations are put on these amazing children so they are left feeling inadequate and not good smart enough It s sad What I enjoyed most was the varied POVs we got throughout the story Once you get used to all the characters, it s wonderful to have so much insight from the men, women children I loved how d...

  3. says:

    Not as biting and sardonic as I would have liked too much soap opera family drama and not enough black humor This is a topic ripe for a sharp skewering for someone with a jaundiced view of over striving helicopter parents and their smug, self entitled children.I might have enjoyed itif it had been 350 pages instead of 450 It took me two weeks to get through it it felt like I was wading through quicksand There were certainly some good, insightful points that were made and Holsinger Not as biting and sardonic as I would have liked too much soap opera family drama and not enough black humor This is a topic ripe for a sharp skewering for someone with a jaundiced view of over striving helicopter parents and their smug, self entitled children.I might have enjoyed itif it had been 350 pages instead of 450 It took me two weeks to get through it it felt like I was wading through quicksand There were certainly some good, insightful points...

  4. says:

    I m at a loss for how to tell you about this book without telling you too much of what makes it so juicy and enjoyable I ll just sum it up as READ THIS BOOK Seriously I ll tell you just a smidge because this delicious, highly entertaining story needs to be experienced without knowing much of the plot You ve got 4 families so LOTS of characters but I had no problem getting to know each and keeping them all straight The author brilliantly layers each character and weaves them into their I m at a loss for how to tell you about this book without telling you too much of what makes it so juicy and enjoyable I ll just sum it up as READ THIS BOOK Seriously I ll tell you just a smidge because this delicious, highly entertaining story needs to be experienced without knowing much of the plot You ve got 4 families so LOTS of characters but I had no problem getting to know each and keeping them all straight The author brilliantly layers each character and weaves them into their families and community so seamlessly that I swear I thought I was reading about real people In fact, I ve known these types of moms, dads, and kids and I thought the author could ve been talking about my community The timeliness of the exploration of privilege, race, class, academics, travel sports, social m...

  5. says:

    i got this ARC.i am on the fence about it.convince me pros cons, impassioned speeches in either camp.

  6. says:

    It s always nice when fiction illuminates the worst in people, isn t it Rose, Samantha, Azra, and Lauren have been best friends for years, in many cases since their kids were infants The four women and their families have weathered many crises death, divorce, troubles with their children and their marriages, etc While there are certainly interesting dynamics among the four of them, there doesn t seem to be anything that can keep them apart.When word gets out that their affluent tow...

  7. says:

    Set in fictitious Crystal, Colorado Rose, Stephanie, Azra and Lauren met when their children were babies, and have remained close friends ever since When a new charter school for gifted and exceptional middle and high school students is announced, the competition is on, and it gets ugly As each parent and child evaluate their actions, some are shocked by the lengths they will go to get their children in the school.Told through multiple voices, those of the parents and those of the children, a Set in fictitious Crystal, Colorado Rose, Stephanie, Azra and Lauren met when their children were babies, and have remained close friends ever since When a new charter school for gifted and exceptional middle and high school students is announced, the competition is on, and it gets ugly As each...

  8. says:

    Exceptional Oh yes This, my friends, was just about the best inside look at privileged parenting I ve ever read What a great idea for a book This novel takes place in a fictitious town of Crystal, Colorado Being a Coloradan myself, it could have easily compared to Boulder, but I digress There are four families here, all of them have kids, all very close knit Things begin to heat up when a new school for gifted and talented children grades 6 12 is scheduled to open, and there s a crazy Exceptional Oh yes This, my friends, was just about the best inside look at privileged parenting I ve ever read What a great idea for a book This novel takes place in a fictitious town of Crystal, Colorado Being a Coloradan myself, it could have easily compared to Boulder, but I digress There are four families here, all of them have kids, all very close knit Things begin to heat up when a new school for gifted and talented children grades 6 12 is...

  9. says:

    LOVED this book It s like watching a train wreck in slow motion It reminds me of BIG LITTLE LIES parents behaving badly in believable, horrifying, yet shockingly relatable ways So so so good.

  10. says:

    Never has a novel about parents trying to figure out the best school for their kids left me with so much dread and kept me reading until the small hours of the morning The Gifted School is fantastic every character was palpably real, their flaws and kindnesses authentic, and the story has...

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