Pegasus Books, 9781605985190, 288pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2013
October 2012 Indie Next List
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A single dad and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school.
Everything at Bradley is accelerated—third graders read at the sixth grade levels, they have facilities to rival a university, and the chess champions are the bullies. A single dad and struggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the power-soccer-mom cliques and ladies who lunch. But at least his son, Toby, is getting a great education.
Then Sean starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication. What happens when the pressure to not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold?
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Praise For Accelerated: A Novel…
Riveting. As knowing as it is entertaining.
What starts off as an entertaining if ironic romp through the world of privileged parents and private schools, spins itself into a harrowing tale. A deftly, unexpectedly terrifying first novel.
— A. M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
A smart, sexy thriller balanced on top of a real-life horror story: the irresponsible over-medication of our children by our schools.
— Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of Night
Page turning, socially compelling, and ringing with truth.
— Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer's Daughters