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Harper Perennial
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5.28 X 7.88 X 0.9 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Joshua Gaylord has taught at an Upper East Side prep school for the past ten years. He also teaches literature and cultural studies as an adjunct professor at the New School. He lives in New York.


"Gaylord has delivered a story that's ripe with acute and wry observations on men and women, competition, sexuality, and secrets."--Library Journal
"Provocative and well written."--People StyleWatch
"[A] winning debut . . . Lush language . . . A very grown-up novel about adolescence and the folly of adults, by an impressive new voice in American fiction."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Hummingbirds positively glistens with erudition and insight. Whether writing about prep school girls or the adult men who walk among them, Gaylord's stunning writing elevates his subject matter with equal parts humanity and elegance."--Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You
"HUMMINGBIRDS is a sly, charming novel about the students at a Manhattan girls' school and the adults who sometimes remember to teach them. Joshua Gaylord's winning debut."--Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
"The complicated web of loyalties, attraction, competition and camaraderie [in HUMMINGBIRDS] provides much tension as things play out--but not in an expected way. . . . 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
"Keenly plotted and psychologically acute, this novel thrums with deceptions great and small-- what we don't tell each other, and what we won't admit to ourselves."--Ed Park, author of Personal Days