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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Gaylord Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A wonderfully compelling novel about the intertwining—and darkly surprising—relationships between the teachers and students at an all-girl prep school, Hummingbirds marks the debut of author Joshua Gaylord, a prep school teacher himself on New York City’s Upper East Side. Spanning a year at the Carmine-Casey School for Girls, this intimate private school community becomes tempestuous and dangerously incestuous as the rivalries and secrets of teachers and students interact, intersect, and eventually collide. Ultimately, Hummingbirds poses a fascinating question: Who are the adults and who are the children?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Glistens with erudition and insight…Gaylord’s stunning writing elevates his subject matter with equal parts humanity and elegance.”

    Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You

  • “A very grown-up novel about adolescence and the folly of adults, by an impressive new voice in American fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gaylord’s tale of overeducated men and the teenage students who exhibit the finesse and understanding their teachers lack hits all the right notes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Especially good at characterization, Gaylord has delivered a story that’s ripe with acute and wry observations on men and women, competition, sexuality, and secrets…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 1/31/2014

    " A quick, predictable read. While the author is a wonderful writer, I was bothered by the fact that he seemed to recycle many words and phrases. It seems he was trying to sound smart, and it definitely took away from what I think is a great ability to write. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lindsaygail | 1/26/2014

    " I started out really liking this, but after getting about halfway through the book and nothing seems to have happened yet...I'm losing interest. Putting it away for now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauren | 12/24/2013

    " Just didn't hold my interest. I will have to try again another time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by M | 10/8/2013

    " It was okay - I just don't think the same way the author does. He perceives reality in a different way. "

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