The Devil and Webster (audiobook)

Read by Kate Burton
11.0 hrs • 9 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/21/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/21/17 9781478946854
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From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today’s college campuses.

Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn’t surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around “The Stump”-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor’s denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors’ passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.

Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group’s leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi’s life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.

Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.

Review Quotes

“Kate Burton’s conversational tone immediately captures the character of the first female president of venerable Webster College…Burton transitions smoothly to a more thoughtful tone and crisper pace to mirror Naomi’s increasing anxiety…Burton’s effective delivery of the novel’s wry humor, anguish, and sober introspection results in a satisfying listen.”


“Kate Burton portrays the sharp-witted and insightful Naomi extremely well.”

Library Journal (audio review)

Satisfying...A sharp and insightful novel....with a clever plot twist...This ought to be the start of a golden age for the campus novel.Wall Street Journal

Compulsively readable, uncanny, and irreverent.”

National Book Review

A hilarious send-up of the current college climate.New York PostKorelitz's new novel is a smart, semi-satire about the reign of identity politics on college campuses today... The Devil and Webster is wittily on target about, among other things, social class and privilege, silencing and old-school feminist ambivalence about power.NPR’s Fresh AirThe Devil and Webster can be read as a suspense novel seasoned with social commentary or as a plot-driven academic satire. Korelitz excels in both directions.Shelf AwarenessThere is so much in this novel, a thoughtful and beautiful work.... This is highly recommended reading, but don't forget to put on your thinking cap. You'll need it.BookReporterKorelitz taps into the current unsettled campus and cultural zeitgeist with eerie precision.Booklist