(Emily Bestler Books/Simon & Schuster, December 27, 2016)
Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas and left the south to attend Wellesley College. Since then, she has worked as an actor, a high school English teacher, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions at a school in New York City. Her three fabulous boys are all off in Boston attending school, and she and her husband now split their time between New York and Frankfurt, Germany. A theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS was workshopped at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into her first novel.
Kate Pearson, would-be anthropologist, has been unceremoniously dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiancé.” She abandons her grad school plans and instead spends her days lolling on the couch, watching reruns of Sex and the City. Miraculously, and for reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity or nonsense during the height of the admissions season. As the process revs up, Kate meets smart kids who are unlikable, likable kids who aren’t very smart, and Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer. She starts to wonder if one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, as suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary—including the truly unexpected.