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POSH

Lucy Jackson

St. Martin's Press

Set in the private school world of Manhattan's Upper East Side, POSH tracks the lives of a group of teenagers and the adults who hope to control them. It’s a world of over-the-top entitlement and tribal customs, a world of surface interactions and deep needs—a world of private schools and privilege.
 
Griffin is a preparatory school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with the best students—and the richest parent body—the city has to offer. In this eloquent novel set during one class’s senior year at the Griffin School, among the queen bees and the wannabes, Michael Avery and Julianne Coopersmith begin a relationship.  Their backgrounds are so different—he’s beyond privileged and rich, her mother is a writer who drives a cab—but it’s the rich boy who ends up being the needy one, with an emotional hole they both believe only Julianne can fill. Their parents are not immune from internal torture either—Michael’s mother finds it easier to love her Chinese Crested Hairless than her own child, and Julianne’s mother’s protective instincts have unexpected consequences. 

Fast-paced, gently satirical, yet deeply felt, POSH is a surprisingly poignant and knowing novel distinguished by its spare and elegant prose.

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Chapter One KATHRYN HOFFMAN  It falls to Kathryn "Lazy" Hoffman, headmistress of the Griffin School (grades K-12), to notify the ninety-nine other students in Morgan's class about the funeral. (Lazy, a childhood nickname bestowed upon her by her parents when, as a three-year-old, she refused to walk and demanded to be carried everywhere, has stuck to her all these years, like a barnacle to a rock.) She sends out a mass e-mail from her office, wherein she makes clear that attendance at the service is mandatory: Attendance is not mandatory, but it is my hope that each and every
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  • Lucy Jackson

  • Lucy Jackson (a pseudonym) is an acclaimed short story writer and novelist. Her last novel was a New York Times Notable Book. Jackson's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories and many other magazines and anthologies. She lives in New York City.
     
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