Hummingbirds: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 342 pages
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A wonderfully compelling debut novel about the intertwining—and darkly surprising—relationships between the teachers and students at an all-girls prep school Spend a year at the Carmine-Casey School for Girls, an elite prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side: the year when the intimate private school community becomes tempestuous and dangerously incestuous as the rivalries and secrets of teachers and students intersect and eventually collide.

In the world of students, popular and coquettish Dixie Doyle, with her ironic pigtails, battles to wrest attention away from the smart and disdainful Liz Warren, who spends her time writing and directing plays based on the Oresteia. In the world of teachers, the adored Leo Binhammer struggles to share his territory with Ted Hughes, the charming new English teacher who threatens to usurp Binhammer's status as the department's only male teacher and owner of the girls' hearts. When a secret is revealed between them, Binhammer grows increasingly fascinated by the man he has determined is out to get him.

As seasons change and tensions mount, the girls long for entry into the adult world, toying with their premature powers of flirtation. Meanwhile, the deceptive innocence of the adolescent world—complete with plaid skirts and scented highlighters—becomes a trap into which the flailing teachers fall. By the end of the year the line between maturity and youth begins to blur, and the question on the final exam is: Who are the adults and who are the children?

 

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User Review  - MlleEhreen - LibraryThing

Set at an elite Manhattan all girls high school, HUMMINGBIRDS is a novel of simmering high-school angst, from the perspective of the teachers as well as the students, and is not the dishy, Gossip Girl ... Read full review

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User Review  - alanna1122 - LibraryThing

AUDIO VERSION. This book was a really strange read - or since it was the audio book - a really strange listen? It was very uneven and kept meandering in the slowest way - taking time to deviate to all ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
41
Section 7
51
Section 8
61
Section 24
203
Section 25
207
Section 26
215
Section 27
223
Section 28
233
Section 29
247
Section 30
257
Section 31
263

Section 9
71
Section 10
77
Section 11
87
Section 12
93
Section 13
103
Section 14
111
Section 15
119
Section 16
127
Section 17
135
Section 18
143
Section 19
149
Section 20
167
Section 21
177
Section 22
187
Section 23
195
Section 32
269
Section 33
275
Section 34
285
Section 35
293
Section 36
299
Section 37
305
Section 38
309
Section 39
319
Section 40
329
Section 41
337
Section 42
343
Section 43
345
Section 44
346
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About the author (2009)

Joshua Gaylord has taught at an Upper East Side prep school for the past ten years. He also teaches literature and cultural studies as an adjunct professor at the New School. He lives in New York.

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