Accelerated (Paperback)

A Novel

By Bronwen Hruska

Pegasus Books, 9781605985190, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/9/2012)
Hardcover (10/2/2012)
Compact Disc (10/1/2012)

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October 2012 Indie Next List

“What starts off as a send-up of overscheduled, gifted children and the Rambo parents and elite schools that create them quickly turns into a tale of a huge pharmaceutical conspiracy. When Sean reluctantly caves in to the pressure that New York City's most prestigious school exerts on him to start medicating his son, Toby, for seemingly nonexistent issues, there are disastrous consequences. Sean must gather his allies close and his enemies closer if he wants to take on this bedrock of prestige and wealth, whose arms of power extend eerily into every aspect of his life. A fast-paced read covering a topic about which every reader should be concerned.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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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?

About the Author

Bronwen Hruska, the publisher of Soho Press, has worked as a journalist and screenwriter for twenty years. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, More Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, the Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has sold an original screenplay to Columbia Pictures and an original television pilots to NBC, CBS, Lifetime, and Sony television. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons.

Praise For Accelerated: A Novel

A compelling story about families in a particular segment of society that illuminates the larger human condition.

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