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MEG MITCHELL MOORE is the author of the novels The Arrivals and So Far Away. She worked for several years as a journalist for a variety of publications. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters.


"A fun, fast-paced, completely engrossing tale of a California family trying to get their eldest daughter into Harvard. Let me rave: this book is brilliant and enjoyable on every level." --Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumor "The Admissions proves that no cookie-cutter family is as perfect as they seem. . . . Incredible." --Good Housekeeping "Meg Mitchell Moore is a tremendously talented storyteller. Brimming with humor and warmth, The Admissions introduces readers to a family so insightfully drawn and deliciously flawed that it will remain with you long after you reach the final page.... I loved it!" --Meg Donohue, author of All the Summer Girls "The Admissions is a smart, hilarious, compelling novel about college applications, suburban scandals, and risky secrets. I couldn't stop reading about the Hawthornes--a picture perfect family who will 'keep up with the Joneses' until they burst." --Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses "There's plenty of drama--and a surprising amount of comedy--in the convergence of events that exposes all of the family secrets. But while Moore lets her characters unravel, she doesn't leave them in pieces." --Shelf Awareness "Terrific. . . . [Moore's] background as a journalist lends a crisp deftness to her delightful writing style, and engages the reader immediately." --The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) "Stellar. . . . A page turner as well as an insightful character study." --Publishers Weekly

"Moore presents her characters in all their flawed glory and lovable short-sighted determination, spinning out the story of one family's collapse and rebirth with energy and wit. Part thought-provoking commentary, part zany satire on the definition of success and the choices some are willing to make to achieve it, this is a book that is sure to earn a good deal of attention." --RT Book Reviews

"When a high school senior is vying for Harvard, her whole family sizzles in the pressure cooker and schadenfreude (good SAT word) runs amuck. . . . Achingly real and delightfully cheeky." --Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz "A wonderfully complex and relatable portrait of a family and the secrets they keep to protect each other and themselves. When the truth threatens, you'll turn pages faster than ever." --Charity Shumway, author of Ten Girls to Watch "An engaging, droll and spot-on study of what happens when aspirations become obsessions, when integrity and good sense bend to the allure of preferred outcomes." --David McCullough Jr., internationally bestselling author of You Are Not Special "With her razor sharp wit and stirringly keen insights, Meg Mitchell Moore digs deep into the zeitgeist of a modern family desperate to keep their heads above water. . . . An undeniably addictive read." --Emily Liebert, author of When We Fall

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