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Higher Education

A Novel

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


With a new afterword by Jeff Gomez

Originally published during the literary “Brat Pack” phenomenon of the 1980s, this edition of Lisa Pliscou’s acclaimed first novel—written when she was 24—roars through ten riotous days in the hilariously tangled life of a Harvard senior who, as the heroine of her own story, must find a way to set her world to rights.

“Brilliant . . . It’s a perfect depiction of the end of college, when life feels like a sinking ship. Luckily for us, Miranda isn’t going down quietly.” —Tara Altebrando, author of Dreamland Social Club and Roomies
“Pliscou has managed here to bring to life a particular segment of a generation . . . plus some of the funniest dialogue I’ve read in a long time—both painfully real and funny, which is quite an authorial coup.” —David Foster Wallace
“A deft coming-of-age story.” —Booklist
“Pliscou’s dialogue . . . is eerily perfect. . . . It makes her writing seem less like a book and more like a story told among friends about a shared experience.” —The Orient (Bowdoin College)

Lisa Pliscou writes for both children and adults. Her most recent book is Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, a biography focusing on Austen’s creative development.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 27, 1989 – Miranda Walker is a bright, mixed-up undergraduate who pulls straight A s and makes Phi Beta Kappa while apparently lounging and wisecracking her way through Harvard. Most of her energy is spent in pondering her inter-locking relationships with friends and lovers on campus and in engaging in repartee with everyone. The author exactly captures the malaise, the suppressed anxiety about the future and the contrary enjoyment of life that characterize the contemporary collegian. But the problem with this smoothly written first novel is that almost nothing happens. The workings of Miranda's psyche fail to offer enough emotional or intellectual substance to compensate for a meager plot. Except for a few clues that arrive late in the story and seem tacked on, Miranda's alienation is unexplained, and the reader may find it difficult to shake a sense of ennui even when Miranda's ultra-hip facade falters as, approaching graduation, she takes a characteristically oblique look at what awaits her after higher education.
Higher Education
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Apr 05, 2016
  • Publisher: Open Road Distribution
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 282 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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