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A single dad and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school.
Everything at Bradley is accelerated—third graders read at the sixth grade levels, they have facilities to rival a university, and the chess champions are the bullies. A single dad and struggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the power-soccer-mom cliques and ladies who lunch. But at least his son, Toby, is getting a great education.
Then Sean starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication. What happens when the pressure to not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold?
“A compelling story about families in a particular segment of society that illuminates the larger human condition.” — Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“Riveting. As knowing as it is entertaining.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
“What starts off as an entertaining if ironic romp through the world of privileged parents and private schools, spins itself into a harrowing tale. A deftly, unexpectedly terrifying first novel.” — A. M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
“A smart, sexy thriller balanced on top of a real-life horror story: the irresponsible over-medication of our children by our schools.” — Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of Night
“Page turning, socially compelling, and ringing with truth.” — Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer's Daughters