The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz audiobook

The Devil and Webster

By Jean Hanff Korelitz
Read by Kate Burton

Grand Central Publishing 9781455592388
11.04 Hours Unabridged
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From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today’s college campuses. Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn’t surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around “The Stump”-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor’s denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors’ passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks. Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group’s leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi’s life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary. Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.

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Nominated for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

A Bitch magazine pick of 15 Books Feminists Should Read This Month

From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today’s college campuses.

Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn’t surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around “The Stump”-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor’s denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors’ passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.

Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group’s leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi’s life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.

Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kate Burton’s conversational tone immediately captures the character of the first female president of venerable Webster College…Burton transitions smoothly to a more thoughtful tone and crisper pace to mirror Naomi’s increasing anxiety…Burton’s effective delivery of the novel’s wry humor, anguish, and sober introspection results in a satisfying listen.” AudioFile
“Kate Burton portrays the sharp-witted and insightful Naomi extremely well.” Library Journal (audio review)
Satisfying...A sharp and insightful novel....with a clever plot twist...This ought to be the start of a golden age for the campus novel. Wall Street Journal
Compulsively readable, uncanny, and irreverent.” National Book Review
A hilarious send-up of the current college climate. New York Post
Korelitz's new novel is a smart, semi-satire about the reign of identity politics on college campuses today... The Devil and Webster is wittily on target about, among other things, social class and privilege, silencing and old-school feminist ambivalence about power. NPR’s Fresh Air
The Devil and Webster can be read as a suspense novel seasoned with social commentary or as a plot-driven academic satire. Korelitz excels in both directions. Shelf Awareness
There is so much in this novel, a thoughtful and beautiful work.... This is highly recommended reading, but don't forget to put on your thinking cap. You'll need it. BookReporter
Korelitz taps into the current unsettled campus and cultural zeitgeist with eerie precision. Booklist

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Author Bio: Jean Hanff Korelitz

Author Bio: Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz grew up in Manhattan and was educated at Dartmouth and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of You Should Have Known, Admission, The White Rose, and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as the children’s book Interference Powder and The Properties of Breath, a collection of poetry. Her nonfiction has appeared in various anthologies and in publications such as Vogue, Real Simple, Reader’s Digest and the New York Times.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English