By J. Courtney Sullivan
J. Courtney Sullivan’s celebrated debut novel is a gleaming story of friendship and a desirable portrait of the 1st new release of girls who've the entire possibilities on the earth, yet no transparent suggestion approximately what to settle on.
Assigned to an identical dorm their first yr at Smith university, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn’t have much less in universal. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; attractive Bree pines for the fiancé she left in the back of in Savannah; Sally, preppy and obsessively neat, is reeling from the lack of her mom; and April, an intensive, redheaded feminist donning a “Riot: Don’t Diet” T-shirt, desires a room move instantly. Written with radiant sort and a depraved humorousness, Commencement follows those not going acquaintances via university and the years past, brilliantly shooting the complex panorama dealing with younger women this day.
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Then their bodies were put into artificial ponds filled with excrement - up to their necks. Then deputy sheriffs drove high-powered speedboats at their heads. The judge says he himself sentenced hundreds of people to this particular punishment and that the felons invariably argued that they had not broken the law, but merely violated its spirit, perhaps, just the least little bit. Before he condemned them, he would put a sort of chamberpot over his head, to make his words more resonant and awesome, and he would pronounce this formula: "Boys, you didn't just get the spirit of the law.
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan