* Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford


A social climber undertakes to insinuate herself into New York’s high society in Everybody Rise, blithely expecting her parents to support her in the style that her job cannot and, when the money runs out, running huge debts. It’s all very boring, really, as one would expect the spending of vast sums of money (and concurrent snubbing of anyone who cannot) to be. But then, the silly, self-absorbed heroine undergoes a sudden and wholly unexplained conversion into devoted daughter, minimum-wage slave, and responsible debt repayer — which is even more boring, to me at least.

I’m afraid that the many comparisons of this story to Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth are entirely aspirational.

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