Post Grad by Caroline Kitchener
Five Women and Their First Year Out of College

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Post Grad is an engaging book, but one wishes it were a game-changing book. It could have been, if Kitchener had framed her stories differently and not tried to claim a generational mantle.
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What really happens in the first year out of college? When Caroline Kitchener graduated from Princeton, she began shadowing four of her female classmates, interviewing them as they started to navigate the murky waters of post-collegiate life. Weaving together her own experience as a writer with the experiences of these other women—a documentarian, a singer, a programmer, and an aspiring doctor—Kitchener delves deeply into the personal and professional opportunities offered to female college graduates, and how the world perceives them.

The five women in this diverse group confront challenges, such as parental estrangement, mental illness, financial anxiety, and heartbreak, all the while tackling their nascent careers and forging their own paths forward. Relationships with their parents warp and strain as they cross into adulthood and negotiate their newfound independence. Romantically, the women cast off in a number of directions, with some exploring nontraditional relationships and others latching onto a single partner for stability in an uncertain world.

Kitchener writes with the fervor of a journalist, the rigor of a sociologist, and the nuance and empathy of a skilled memoirist, and she has crafted a brilliant work of reportage, replete with human characters. Both a broad and an intensely individual exploration, Post Grad is an account of the generation people can’t stop talking about, from one of its own.

 

About Caroline Kitchener

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Caroline Kitchener graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a degree in History and Gender Studies. Her work has appeared on The Atlantic and The Guardian. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her partner. Author Image 1
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Ecco. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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on Feb 13 2017

Love relationships for each were fraught, and Kitchener returns repeatedly to several women’s attraction to polyamory: a primary lover along with less serious sexual relationships. Candid revelations that fail to inspire much empathy.

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Reviewed by Susan McWilliams on Apr 10 2017

Post Grad is an engaging book, but one wishes it were a game-changing book. It could have been, if Kitchener had framed her stories differently and not tried to claim a generational mantle.

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