A stunning novel in the great tradition of American coming-of-age novels from Catcher in the Rye to The Secret History. Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel. But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find - and maintain - her place in the pecking order.
" The OC meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History with flashes of Clueless ... Sittenfeld's strength is in making the experience feel universal...Everyone will wince with recognition at the horror of being a teenager. It's great to relive it all, now that it is happening to someone else." Observer
Curtis Sittenfeld unterrichtet Englisch an der St. Albans School in Washington und ist Absolventin der Stanford University und des Iowa Writers Workshop. Mit 16 erhielt sie ihren ersten namhaften Literaturpreis, ihre Arbeiten sind seitdem unter anderem in der New York Times, Fast Company und der Washington Post veröffentlicht worden.