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Sittenfeld, Curtis
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판형 Paperback, 420pp.
출판일 Nov 22 2005
출판사 Random House Trade
ISBN-13: 9780812972351
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Author Note
Curtis Sittenfeld won the Seventeen magazine fiction writing contest in 1992, at age sixteen, and The Mississippi Review’s annual fiction contest in 1998. Her writing has appeared in Fast Company, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Real Simple, and on public radio’s This American Life. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. Sittenfeld was the 2002—2003 writer in residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., where she continues to work as a part-time as an English teacher.


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Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel.

As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores.... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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1. How does Prep differ from other books about teenagers you’ve read?
Reviews have cited the book as an unsentimental view of high
school and adolescence—do you agree? How does Lee Fiora’s point
of view relate to your own high school experience?


2. Throughout the novel, Lee describes herself as an outsider, partly
because of her scholarship-student status. How does Sittenfeld develop
this theme of fitting in racially and financially? What kind
of difficulties, both overt and subtle, do Little, Sin-Jun, Darden, and
other minority students encounter at Ault, and how does their outsider
status differ from Lee’s?


3. How does the school-wide game of Assassin temporarily transform
Lee? How do her interactions with her classmates during this game
empower her? Explore her guilt in “killing” McGrath.


4. Many readers and reviewers of Prep have described Lee as a passive
character. When is... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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1. Thieves

Freshman fall

I think that everything, or at least the part of everything that happened to me, started with the Roman architecture mix-up. Ancient History was my first class of the day, occurring after morning chapel and roll call, which was not actually roll call but a series of announcements that took place in an enormous room with twenty-foot-high Palladian windows, rows and rows of desks with hinged tops that you lifted to store your books inside, and mahogany panels on the walls—one for each class since Ault’s founding in 1882—engraved with the name of every person who had graduated from the school. The two senior prefects led roll call, standing at a desk on a platform and calling on the people who’d signed up ahead of time to make announcements. My own desk, assigned alphabetically, was near the platform, and because I didn’t talk to my classmates who sat around me, I spent the lull before roll call listening to the... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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