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The Devil and Webster

Jean Hanff Korelitz

‘It was Naomi Roth’s problem: first ignored by her then irritating to her and then, all at once, intractably complex and a threat to everything she had done at Webster, and everything she was trying to do.’

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571327980
Date Published
06.04.2017
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Summary

Webster College: an elite New England campus and a world of learning where creativity and inclusiveness are the presiding principles. Naomi Roth, a feminist scholar, is named to the coveted position of Webster’s president.

When a student protest materializes, Naomi initially supports the movement, feeling proud and protective of the protesters, her own daughter Hannah among them. But the protest begins to fester, attracting students from other institutions and media. Attention begins to focus on one charismatic student, a Palestinian immigrant named Omar, and both the tension on campus and the essential conflicts in Naomi’s personal life begin to overwhelm her until she finds herself facing an impossible and ultimately tragic conflict.

The Devil and Webster is shot through with caustic comedy, and yet the Faustian notes are a persistent reminder that the possibility of corruption – personal or institutional – remains our persistent companion, however good our intentions might be.

Critic Reviews

‘An engrossing, thought-provoking must-read.’

John Harding, Daily Mail
Critic Reviews

‘The novel deftly tackles protest throughout the generations...Engaging.’

Anita Sethi, Observer
Critic Reviews

‘A twisty look at campus life.’

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Jean HanffKorelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the bestselling author of the novels A Jury Of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River, The White Rose, Admission, and most recently the New York Times bestseller You Should Have Known, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for…

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