Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord
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"Those of us who love Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will now have to make room next to it on our shelves for Joshua Gaylord's winning debut." —Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

"Hummingbirds positively glistens with erudition and insight. Whether writing about prep school girls or the adult men who walk among them, Gaylord's stunning writing elevates his subject matter with equal parts humanity and elegance." —Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You

In the tradition of Francine Prose's Blue Angel, Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, and Alan Bennett's The History Boys, Joshua Gaylord's Hummingbirds reveals the intertwining—and darkly surprising—relationships between secretive students and teachers at an all-girls prep school in New York City.


About Joshua Gaylord

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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.
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Gaylord's winning debut, teenage girls and their male teachers vie for power at a Manhattan prep school.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Hummingbirds: A Novel

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The Carmine-Casey prep school girls flutter through Gaylord’s debut, but they’re not alone; their teachers are insecure flirts and cheats amid divorces and trysts. One such teacher is L

Jun 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Hummingbirds: A Novel

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The girls want to be women, the women want to be girlish, the boys want to be men, and the men want to be boys.

Oct 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Hummingbirds: A Novel

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Her name was Carol Mooney, and what made her so irresistible was her belief that I was extraordinary --- a delusion which, when I discover it in people around me, never fails to raise them in my estimation.

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