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Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Jul 05, 10

Read in September, 2009

This book was a nice find. Portia is partnered, childless, 40ish, long-time admissions officer at Princeton. She's satisfied with her life, that is, when she is not holding it up against her mother's values and standards. Many will relate to the tension between Portia and her mother Susannah (an old-school burn-the-bra feminist) and how mom's influence and expectations drive Portia's life choices. Ultimately, this is a book about the pursuit of an authentic life and how we learn to be true and free. The ending may strike some as unrealistic, but Korelitz makes it work. It also has a nice range of solid, intelligent, unapologetic, women characters who are accomplished in varied and unique ways.
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