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Admissions
by Nancy Lieberman

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0446533033

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Admissions
Nancy Lieberman
Warner, Sep 2004, $23.95
ISBN: 0446533033

The competition is perhaps the fiercest on the planet making the oligopoly and the drug cartels look like teammates. Private school admissions must be turned in no later than the day after Labor Day, but the contest to get one’s child into the exclusive kindergarten started nine months before the child is born. It never ends as parents must insure the proper schools lead to Ivy.

Case in point is art historian Helen Drager, whose daughter Zoe graduates from The School at the end of the real fiscal year. Zoe must gain admission to the proper private high-school. Weeding down her list, Helen considers six schools. Her best friend Sara Nash, admissions officer at The School that Zoe currently attends; offers sage advice on navigating the shark filled waters; however she is a lightweight because The School matriarch Her Highness Queen Bee Pamela Rothchild runs everything and parents better bow on bended knee to her. With Helen’s spouse Michael tied up working graveyard producing TV Cooking Network shows, Helen bravely goes to war alone as she courageously runs through the gauntlet of education for the well to do.

Nancy Lieberman strikes a satirical cord especially in this election year in which both major candidates probably are products of such a system. Readers familiar with the Olympic level competitiveness will appreciate the wry irony while outsiders (i.e., public school left behind pack rats) will be amused by the antics that support the President’s agenda of private charitable donations. Under the amusing seemingly alien system that produces our political leadership Nancy Lieberman slam dunks the myths of equality education with this wild look to gain entrance at the appropriate schools.

Harriet Klausner

 

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