The Devil and Webster

  • by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Narrated by Kate Burton
  • 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.
Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once-conservative school now known for producing fired-up progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump" - a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists - to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.
Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.
Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are - and what we think we believe.

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Excellent.

The audio is well produced, the narration amazing, the writing just defines the term 'excellent'.
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- Jesusa H. Chua

Identity politics can poison an open mind.

This book is an excellent illustration of when the beauty and necessity of youthful idealism is corrupted by charismatic self promoters. The story of a college president struggling with the illogical means of modern protest while simultaneously coming to terms with the fact that she is not one of them.

Identity politics runs amok on today's campuses. The devil and Webster is a perfect synopsis of the negative impact it can have on today's youth.
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- Milenten

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio