Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz


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...Korelitz makes good use of the sociological issues tied up in elite university admissions.
-Publishers Weekly


"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out."

For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.

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 return and shake a woman's life to its core.

About Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Jean Hanff Korelitz 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. She 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.
Published April 10, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 457 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on Dec 22 2008

...Korelitz makes good use of the sociological issues tied up in elite university admissions.

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WSJ online

Above average
on May 09 2009

The plot trundles along efficiently enough, but Ms. Korelitz is clearly more interested in discussing the history of the admissions process and its current state.

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Above average
on Jan 07 2013

If you’ve always wanted to know what happens behind the doors of Ivy League college admissions offices—and prefer reading novels to non-fiction—this book’s for you.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Dec 22 2010

ADMISSION's plot pace is leisurely, particularly when dealing with the process of college admissions. Readers looking for a fast-paced beach read should probably look elsewhere.

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Entertainment Weekly

on Apr 01 2009

...Admission is that rare thing in a novel: both juicy and literary, a genuinely smart read with a human, beating heart.

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LA Times

on Apr 13 2009

Well-written, well-plotted and extremely satisfying, "Admission" marks another step forward for a writer whose accomplishments grow more impressive with each book.

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The Seattle Times

on Sep 27 2009

As her life falls to pieces, Portia buries herself ever deeper into her work. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from a college-admissions essay; these are by turns arrogant, heartbreaking and hilarious.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Above average
on May 24 2009

Admission is a novel that examines the complex process of selecting incoming freshmen for Princeton University from a large pool of eager and often superbly qualified applicants.

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The Roanoke Times

on May 31 2009

This heartwarming tale is enough to keep the pages turning...what begins as a somewhat predictable story transcends into something surprising.

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Gather Books

on May 12 2010

Portia’s emotions, arguments, reactions and pain are all so beautifully portrayed that I couldn’t put this book down.

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