Thursday, March 21, 2013

Giveaway: Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing, I have one copy of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s ADMISSION for giveaway (US only, ends 3/28).  If you haven't already heard, Admission opens in theaters tomorrow, 3/22 and from what I've seen it looks to be a great movie.  I read the book several years ago and really enjoyed it and I have to say I think the casting is really great.  It doesn't get much better than Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, and Lily Tomlin. So if you haven't read this book, now is a great time.  It's a great read. It's fun, it's good and it's hard to put down.

Today’s college admissions office is a complex cultural “hot spot” where many American themes converge: aspiration, immigration, tradition. To be an admissions officer is to be disliked and suspected by more or less everyone you meet. In ADMISSION, Jean Hanff Korelitz explores the life of 38-year-old Portia Nathan, an Admissions Officer at Princeton University with a settled domestic life and a rewarding, if sometimes punishing, career. Years after the life-altering decision she has never revealed, Portia sees that she must take the ultimate risk, and in doing so, make the ultimate admission.

Originally published in hardcover in 2009, the movie-tie-in edition of ADMISSION was released January 15, 2013. The film, directed by Oscar®-nominated Paul Weitz, opens March 22, 2013 and stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd with Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, and Lily Tomlin.

ADMISSION is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past abruptly come back and shake a woman’s life to its very core. Kirkus calls it a “Gripping portrait of a woman in crisis from the extremely gifted Korelitz…Strongly plotted, crowded with full-bodied characters and as thoughtful about this national hysteria over college admissions as it is about the protagonist’s complex personality—a fine, moving example of traditional realistic fiction.”


Jean Hanff Korelitz was a part-time reader for Princeton’s Office of Admission during the
2006 and 2007 admissions season. She was born and raised in New York and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of one book of poems, The Properties of Breath, and three previous novels—A Jury of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River, and The White Rose—as well as a novel for children, Interference Powder.

Korelitz has also published essays in the anthologies Modern Love and Because I Said So, and in the magazines Vogue, Real Simple, More, Newsweek, Organic Style, Travel and Leisure  (Family), and others. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband (Irish poet Paul Muldoon, poetry editor at The New Yorker and Princeton poetry professor) and two children.

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