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Admission

by Jean Hanff Korelitz

"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.

A Jury of Her Peers

by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Sybylla Muldoon is a savvy, dedicated young Legal Aid lawyer in New York. She is used to difficult cases, but when a homeless man savagely attacks a little girl, Sybylla must defend the indefensible. As Sybylla enters the familiar Labyrinth of the legal system, she suddenly faces strange twists and turns. Why does the jury selection seem so peculiar? What makes her father, a powerful judge, try to get her off the case? Can she trust the handsome, Ivy League -- type fellow public defender who seems to good to be true and too hard to resist? Sybylla follows a terrifying trail -- from a crowded city courtroom to a heavily guarded installation in Virginia to the corridors of power in Washington -facing not only impossible odds of winning her case... but of staying alive...

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