When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson's handsome French "almostfiance" ditches her, she definitely does "not" roll with thepunches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothingwill get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world.

Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a positionin the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate's instantlythrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviewsall types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome,ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenueparents who refuse to take no for an answer.

As Kate begins to learn there's no room for self-pity or nonsenseduring the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friendsfind themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with eachother about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doingvery nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heartis very much on the mend.


Photo by George Baier IVAmy Poeppel is a graduate of Wellesley College. She liveswith her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissionsdepartment of a prestigious independent school. Poeppel workshopped atheatrical version of Small Admissionsat the Actors Studio Playwrights/ Directors Unit. She later expanded it intothis novel.


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