Amazon kept telling me that I should check out Small Admissions. Eventually I downloaded the sample, and then I read the whole thing greedily. It is a riot. More than once I had to stop reading so I could laugh out loud. It's also a winning story, in which hard times get better and justice sneaks up on you. There were a couple of plot moments that another reader might find heavy-handed, but I am not that reader. (I'm the Dickens girl, remember? I have a high tolerance for plot contrivances.) The main character's transformation was delightful -- I will remember her resolve and insight.
It reminded me in some ways of Class, which I blogged about last month. (That author managed to tie up her loose ends, albeit hastily and not entirely persuasively.) Both books send up New York parents, casting gimlet eyes on their worries about educating kids in the city. Small Admissions is much more fun, though.