A tour de force debut about a campus murder for listeners of Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, and Jeffrey Eugenides
Georgia, Charlie, and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they've kept from one another - Charlie's love and Alice's envy, Georgia's mysterious affair - and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher's once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.
A relentless, incisive, and keenly intelligent novel about promise, disappointment, and the often tenuous bonds of friendship, Bradstreet Gate is the auspicious debut of a tremendously talented new writer.
"A scandal with a shiny tabloid surface - murder on an elite college campus - haunts the friends and enemies of the victim and her accused, as they struggle to adjust to adulthood outside the university gates. Robin Kirman captures the moral hazards of assessing guilt and determining punishment in her intelligent, compulsively readable debut." (Jonathan Dee, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Privileges)
"I dare you to put Bradstreet Gate down once you've started it. Smart, sly, and compulsively readable, Robin Kirman's brilliant debut not only heralds the start of an auspicious career, it shows that Kirman - whose writing calls to mind Donna Tartt - has already arrived." (Molly Antopol, National Book Award longlisted author of The UnAmericans)
"A sophisticated character portrait... A gripping read that shows the dark side of ambition." (Booklist)
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