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Girls with Bright Futures

A College Admissions Thriller

Published: February 2021
SKU: 9781728216461

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The perfect book club read with a suspenseful bite—when it comes to their daughters’ future, three women are about to discover if there are any lines not worth crossing...

College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it’s allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined.

Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter’s place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar down.

That’s when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn’t appear to be an accident at all.

As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they’re willing to cross to secure their daughters’ futures…and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.

For readers of The Gifted School, Girls with Bright Futures combines the college admissions scandal with the edge of Big Little Lies, the snark of Class Mom, and the schadenfreude of watching the elite implode.

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"A shrewd comedy of manners... The exhilarating narrative speeds along to a satisfying conclusion. This is an unputdownable morality tale for our times." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An unputdownable and wildly entertaining debut full of shocking twists and turn... Fans of mother/daughter relationship novels won't want to miss this fast-paced take on mama bears and the cubs they will do anything to protect." — Library Journal, Starred Review

"Toggling among the three mother-daughter pairs, Dobmeier and Katzman deftly capture the madness of college admissions season... Operation Varsity Blues lurks behind this bracingly vicious portrait of entitlement." — Kirkus Reviews

"Dobmeier and Katzman's timely debut piles twist upon twist and illuminates the many ways young people serve as stand-ins for their parents' dreams of success (and their fear of failure). Fans of domestic suspense about rich people behaving badly—and readers who couldn't look away from the Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal—will devour this one." — Booklist

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