A Novel

Book - 2017
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Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by the Philadelphia Inquirer
All hell breaks loose in the liberal bubble when a mother's life spirals out of control when she's forced to rethink her bleeding heart ideals.

For Karen Kipple, it isn't enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector for an organization that helps children from disadvantaged homes. She's also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her daughter, Ruby, to an integrated public school in their Brooklyn neighborhood. But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby's class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately begin to feel uncomfortably close to home. A daring, discussable satire about gentrification and liberal hypocrisy, CLASS is also a smartly written story that reveals how life as we live it--not as we like to imagine it--often unfolds in gray areas.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316265416
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 20, 2018

This is a well written novel about a white do-gooder who has a sincere desire to help the poor and the downtrodden, but yet secretly wishes for a privileged existence for her daughter and for herself. I found the main character to be very irritating and holier-than-thou. She was overly judgemental of others, even as she struggled to remain true to her own ideals.

Jan 18, 2018

very funny. Reminds us how lucky we are to have no negroes in Bellingham. 5 stars

maxanowak Apr 24, 2017

Class is an enjoyable book

Feb 22, 2017

I gave myself to page 50 to get into this big. Buts its like one long run on sentence. Really not a novel, more like an essay on an indecisive, self-absorbed woman. For me a book has to have a little more depth. It's all about Karen.


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