Don’t you love the retro cover on this book?! The man reminds me of someone from the “I Dream of Jeannie” or “Mad Men” era; and those cartoonish hummingbirds spinning around his head add to the late 60s feeling. I wonder if the book is set in the 60s, or in the current day …
You have a chance to find out! HarperCollins has offered copies of Joshua Gaylord’s Hummingbirds to THREE readers of She is Too Fond of Books. Want to learn more? Here’s a sneak peek:
Hummingbirds chronicles a year in the life of the Carmine-Casey School for Girls, a prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Part Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and part Virgin Suicides, the novel offers a dual perspective on the intimate, tempestuous and frequently incestuous private school community.
The plot centers on two parallel rivalries. On one hand there is the popular student Dixie Doyle, who wears ironic pigtails and heads a group of preternaturally coquettish girls, and her adversary, the self destructively smart girl Liz Warren, who writes plays based on the Oresteia and rolls her eyes at Dixie from the back of the classroom.
On the other hand there is the adored Binhammer, who has for years been the only male teacher in the English department, and his rival, Hughes, the charismatic new faculty member who threatens to usurp Binhammer’s position at the school and in the hearts of the girls.
As the book unfolds, these two worlds intersect – the girls long for entry into the adult world, toying with their premature powers of flirtation. Meanwhile, the deceptive innocence of the adolescent world—complete with plaid skirts and scented highlighters—becomes a trap into which the flailing teachers fall. By the end of the year the line between maturity and youth begins to blur, and the question on the final exam is: Who are the adults and who are the children?
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below, telling me … what would your preppy name be? If you don’t have a nickname, make one up!
Giveaway is restricted to US/Canada mailing addresses, and is open until midnight on Friday, October 23, 2009. I’ll draw three winners randomly and post the names on 10/24; check back then!