Higher Education: A Novel

Open Road Media
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With a new afterword by Jeff Gomez

Originally published during the literary “Brat Pack” phenomenon of the 1980s, this new 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.
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About the author

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.
 
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 5, 2016
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Pages
282
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ISBN
9781497693326
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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