An instant New York Times bestseller! Chosen as one of Summer's Best Books by People Magazine Featured in Time Magazine's Summer Reading Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must List Good Housekeeping Beach Reads Feature "A witty tale about a high-society wannabe...Little is more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down - especially in a designer cocktail dress." -The Washington Post Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of the "in crowd," but how far are you willing to go to be accepted? In the case of bright, funny and socially ambitious Evelyn Beegan, the answer is much too far... At 26, Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York's glamorous Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them. Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.
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"People have been losing track of themselves while coveting someone else's birthright since Jacob and Esau. This splendid audiobook tells the old aspirational story with originality and keen observation of contemporary New York mores. Clifford's dialogue is sparkling. One of the book's pleasures, since character development is all, is watching a nice, bright, insecure young woman devolve quite believably into something repellent. The talented Katherine Kellgren overplays here, especially the older women; they all shout rather than speaking, and they all sound like Maggie Smith doing the Dowager Duchess of Downton Abbey, which flattens some psychological nuance in the text. On the other hand, the performance is ferociously entertaining, and the intensity of Kellgren's reading propels the plot in a way that is well-nigh irresistible. B.G. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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