The Gifted School
“Wise and addictive… The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I’ve read in ages… a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“A surprisingly hopeful novel. There’s a sweetness to its resolution, a satisfying possibility that no matter what monsters we parents are at times, we can still graduate to something better.”
-Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“Holsinger renders his helicopter moms and soccer dads so precisely that one understands their motivations, even feels their longing and pride. . . exposes how easily a mix of good intentions, self-delusions, and minor sins can escalate into the kind of skullduggery that might prompt an F.B.I. sting.”
-The New Yorker
"Holsinger's pitch is close to perfect. The subject of parents charging past every ethical restraint in pursuit of crème de la crème education could not be more timely . . . a deliciously repulsive and eerily current page-turner."
- Kirkus Starred Review
"The Gifted School is a consuming story . . . an insular epic that questions the notion of meritocracy, the hypocrisy of white liberalism, and the politics that trickle from the adult world down to their children."
- The Paris Review