This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)! This week's book is Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford!
About the book:
Twenty-six-year-old Evelyn Beegan intended to free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York’s stately Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she lands a job at a social-network startup aimed at the elite, she has no choice but to infiltrate their world. Soon she finds herself navigating the promised land of Adirondack camps, Hamptons beach houses, and, of course, the island of Manhattan itself. Intoxicated by the wealth, access, and influence of her new set, Evelyn can’t help but try to pass as old money herself. But when the lies become more tangled, she grasps with increasing desperation as the ground beneath her begins to give way.
A sparkling debut that is “full of ambition and grit” (Emma Straub), Stephanie Clifford's Everybody Riseis a story about identity and loss, and how sometimes we have to lose everything to find our way back to who we really are.
Evelyn is under intense pressure (by her mother and her job) to climb to the top tier of the social ladder. As you read this book, you will see Evelyn navigate through crew races, high tea, gossip, ladies who lunch and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. Evelyn gets engrossed in a culture that she is having a hard time (financially) being in and understanding. Of course, where there is climb to the top, there is the inevitable fall that comes with that and Evelyn does this spectacularly. She finds out that her lies (many to herself) to get to the apex of society have caught up with her and she has lost the spot in society that she craved. However, this leaves the chance for Evelyn to rise (everybody, ha!) again and really understand the importance of friendship and family. There are several laugh out loud moments in this book that readers will appreciate. Make sure you get your hands on our copy of this cautionary tale!
About the author:
Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning reporter at the New York Times, where she currently covers Brooklyn courts. She joined the Times in 2008 from Inc. magazine, where she was a senior writer. Stephanie grew up in Seattle and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and two cats. EVERYBODY RISE is her first book
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