The House Party


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$27.99  $26.03
William Morrow & Company
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Rita Cameron received her BA from Columbia University and JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two children. She is the author of Ophelia's Muse.


"Cameron's riveting novel explores the far reaching consequences of a high school party gone terribly wrong. The ensuing investigation exposes the fault lines lurking beneath an idyllic suburb. I couldn't stop turning pages as the police search for truth in a community where everyone has so much to lose. Ultimately it's a book about understanding what's really important and the power of forgiveness."--Tracey Lange, New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans
The House Party is a darkly delicious page-turner and a gimlet-eyed critique of parenting and privilege in our time. Cameron's intimately portrayed characters inspire our empathy despite their train wrecks and flaws. A thrilling read.--Bruce Holsinger, bestselling author of The Gifted School
Rita Cameron's exploration of privilege in a Philadelphia suburb tackles difficult questions with enormous empathy, and is sure to keep readers riveted."--Laura Hankin, author of A Special Place for Women
"Does a place shape a person, or is a place shaped by its people? That's the conundrum at the core of Rita Cameron's smart, attentive novel. The House Party tugs on all the many interwoven threads of American suburbia--class and consequence, privilege and legacy, hope and the pursuit of happiness--without ever sacrificing read-in-one-sitting propulsion. Cameron has crafted an immersive, kaleidoscopic portrait of a community on the brink."--Emily Layden, author of All Girls
Rita Cameron's tale of high schoolers who take a Friday night party much too far muses on divisions of class and opportunity, and on the ease with which violence erupts. Ultimately, The House Party is a hopeful read, showing us a community both driven apart and knit back together by the choices individuals make. A timely message indeed.--Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise and 'Round Midnight (in the Midnight Room)
"Rita Cameron's The House Party explores how a night of seemingly innocent fun can lay bare the class and moral fault lines of one tight-knit community. What struck me most about Cameron's confident and absorbing novel was the empathy she bestows on her characters, making it difficult for the reader to cast blame on some while vindicating others. A fresh take on privilege and entitlement, The House Party is exactly the kind of thought-provoking and highly readable novel I love."--Amy Meyerson, bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays
"Layered and engrossing, The House Party deftly explores the effects of a small-town high school party gone terribly wrong. In the aftermath, once-assured futures become uncertain, differences in privilege are revealed, and loyalties are tested. Rita Cameron writes with mastery--this is a superb novel I couldn't read fast enough!"--Karen Winn, author of Our Little World