The Devil and Webster

The Devil and Webster

eBook - 2017
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From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission , a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.

Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump"-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.

Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.

Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2017
ISBN: 9781478948773
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 27, 2017

A look at modern college life through the eyes of a former campus activist turned college president. It brings up multiple issues facing colleges (admissions, tenure, political protest) and tells a dramatic story, but is limited by its very personal viewpoint, and the other characters aren't fully developed.

Apr 22, 2017

Naomi Roth is president, the first woman and Jewish person, at Webster College, a highly regarded liberal arts school in Massachusetts. Omar is a scholarship student with a tragic Palestinian refugee past and Nicholas Gall is a popular teacher who will not receive tenure. Readers will join them and others during a year of demonstrations and media scrutiny, touching on some of higher education’s current issues.

Although entertaining and with pacing that moved right along, I’m not sure the audience for this book is very broad, Plus, for a book with an academic setting, it, ironically, had more copy editor misses than I’ve seen in a long time. Failing grade on those!

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