Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by the Philadelphia Inquirer
All hell breaks loose in the liberal bubble when a mother's life spirals out of control when she's forced to rethink her bleeding heart ideals.
For Karen Kipple, it isn't enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector for an organization that helps children from disadvantaged homes. She's also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her daughter, Ruby, to an integrated public school in their Brooklyn neighborhood. But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby's class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately begin to feel uncomfortably close to home. A daring, discussable satire about gentrification and liberal hypocrisy, CLASS is also a smartly written story that reveals how life as we live itnot as we like to imagine itoften unfolds in gray areas.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Lucinda Rosenfeld is the author of the novels The Pretty One, What She Saw..., Why She Went Home, and I'm So Happy For You. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, oprah.com, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Class" was an intriguing satire about white privilege in the city, particularly as it pertains to public schools. Karen Kessler is a somewhat typical upper middle class mother, working at a non-profit and 'trying to do the best for her daughter,' who currently goes to their districted school, Betts. Betts is a multiracial/multicultural area which has a lot of underprivileged children in attendance, but this is one of the things that appealed to Karen- until she started noticing how few white children there are and this begins to bother her. It comes to a head when her daughter's BFF of the day, Maeve, is transferred to the wealthy (and white) public school, Mather. What is also interesting are the tidbits we get about Ruby (Karen's daughter) and her impressions/opinions of the schools. Although set around anxieties about public education, this book encompasses Karen's life and many bad decisions, not only about lying to move her daughter to the "better" school of Mather, but also infidelity and relationship trouble with her spouse in addition to theft (stealing from a richer school to give to the poorer school). It was like watching a carwreck in slow motion- you can see her carefully crafted life unraveling, but it's difficult to stop reading. I was caught up in Karen's life and the events and couldn't stop reading until the end. Her life is not as straightforward as it seems. The book was also full of passive-aggressive conversations that she has with other mothers and I found the discussion of them to be really interesting. There were a lot of parts that had me rolling my eyes (the satire gets pretty heavy at times), but they weren't new ideas/thoughts about the way things should be done (for example, the going out of the way and paying more for food items considered "healthy" even when they are really probably not). Overall, it was an intriguing book that I found really engaging and enjoyed reading through to the end. Please note that I received a copy through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
This book is entertaining. I've already shared this book.