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Publisher's Summary

"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides.... It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out."

For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.

Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core.

©2009 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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This story drug on for too long

This story drug on for too long. The main character, Porsha, made reading college admissions into sheer martyrdom. It did not captivate the reader at all compared to her other book, "You Should Have Known".
I was quite disappointed.

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Entertaining listen, a bit slow in parts

What did you love best about Admission?

The insight into college admissions -- it was an interesting hook for the book and gave a real sense for the pressures experienced by admissions officers. It's interesting to watch Portia Nathan grow from an "adult" who had cut off so much of her emotional life into a person who is ready for a more rewarding chapter, even though her actions may not be morally defensible. It's amazing how much a person can repress.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Admission?

Portia's decision at the end turned her into a "parent" who was more extreme than any of the parents she criticized.

What does Colleen Werthmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I wish the narrator would have correctly pronounced Bryn Mawr!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a tear jerker, for sure.

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  • Kathleen
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 08-29-12

Admissions Officer faced with a conflict.

38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and
her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is
faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must
Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission. Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional
examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core.

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