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The Swallows

Lisa Lutz



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Titan Books
01 September 2019
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery
A new teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war - with deadly consequences - in a provocative novel from the bestselling author of The Passenger and the Spellman Files series.

What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want?

It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy's new creative writing teacher. When the students' answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there's more going on the school than the faculty wants to see. She soon learns about The Ten - the students at the top of the school's social hierarchy - as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom. Ms. Witt can't remain a passive observer. She finds the few girls who've started to question the school's 'boys will be boys' attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. But just as it gains momentum, she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her - including what brought her to Stonebridge in the first place.

As the school's secrets begin to trickle out, a boys-versus-girls skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal - and potentially fatal - consequences for everyone involved. Lisa Lutz's blistering, timely tale shows us what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long- and why the scariest threat of all might be the idea that sooner or later, girls will be girls.
By:   Lisa Lutz
Imprint:   Titan Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
ISBN:   9781785656279
ISBN 10:   1785656279
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lisa Lutz is the author of the bestselling series, The Spellman Files, Her most recent novel, The Passenger, was described as Spellbinding by The Daily Mail. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including an Alex Award, and nominations for the Edgar, Barry, Anthony awards, among many others.

Reviews for The Swallows

Riveting . . . full of imagination and power -Caroline Kepnes, author of You and Providence; I devoured The Swallows. You'll laugh out loud even as you anxiously flip the pages -New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen; In her witty and charming style, Lutz offers a genre-busting work of fiction that will satisfy readers looking for a seriously engaging read. The story itself is disturbingly plausible, and the humanly flawed characters make choices, good and bad, based on their backgrounds, all blending smoothly into a darkly comedic mystery... This novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats while opening a conversation about public shaming, economic privilege, gender inequity, and revenge versus justice -Booklist (starred review) ; It's the era of #MeToo, and literature is beginning to reflect that in a big way. In Lisa Lutz's The Swallows, a prep school teacher ignites a gender war when she begins the question the institution's overpowering 'boys will be boys' mentality. She soon learns that starting a revolution and threatening the status quo comes with steep consequences -Bustle; A new teacher at a ritzy New England prep school ignites a fierce battle between the male and female students that ends with revenge, threats, and a fatality. So, just another average day in high school... just kidding -PopSugar; The latest campus novel teetering between thriller and satire, Lutz's book throws readers into the drama of a New England prep school, where one inscrutable new teacher brings about ideas that ignite a deadly gender-war -Entertainment Weekly; Liza Lutz is a treasure. Her Spellman Files series manages to be both charming and shrewd, and The Swallows promises to follow suit-it looks witty and caustic, winsome and clever. It's also, and this is a classic Lutz move, a fresh, unique spin on a genre that already has been reworked a million times. . . . Lutz, searing as ever . . . illuminate[s] how various institutions excuse the oppression or silencing of women and girls -CrimeReads; [Lutz] takes no prisoners. . . . She builds her plot cannily and walks a neat line between satire and realism [in a] withering portrayal of how the #MeToo movement plays out in this rarefied setting -Publishers Weekly; Lutz draws on the droll humor and idiosyncratic characterizations that make her Spellman novels so appealing... An offbeat, darkly witty pre-#MeToo revenge tale. The patriarchy doesn't stand a chance -Kirkus Reviews; With a memorable cast of characters and more than a few secrets, Lutz's latest is a turbocharged tale for our times -Newsweek; Extraordinarily fun and blood pressure-raising . . . The Swallows goes surprising places (axes are employed) and isn't afraid to let everyone roll around in the muck-though some characters come out smelling sweeter than others -Vulture; Wes Anderson meets Muriel Spark in this delicious and vicious battle of the sexes set within a private school. Wickedly fun and wildly subversive but packing an emotional punch, The Swallows is as powerful as it is timely -Nationally bestselling author Megan Abbott ; Sharpen your axes, ladies, and get ready for this fierce, fun, unsparing novel of female rage, power, and friendship -Camille Perri, author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy; PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR; Told with enormous verve and at a breakneck pace, the story twists and turns like a corkscrew -Daily Mail; Psychological suspense lovers will tear through this thriller, a new direction for best seller Lutz (How To Start a Fire) -The Library Journal; Lutz's complex web of finely honed characters will keep readers turning the pages -Publishers Weekly; [Lutz] steps smartly out of her comfort zone to write a dead-serious thriller (with a funny bone) about a Wisconsin woman who dashes cross-country when her husband dies in a fall and she knows she'll be accused of killing him -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review; Lutz's comedic novels about the Spellman clan are terrific, but this stand-alone is darker and trickier and, for me, funnier - Elmore Leonard funny -Carole E. Barrowman, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing the events that first sent [her main character] on the run, while pouring threats on her gritty heroine's increasingly tenuous bids at survival. Binge-worthy fare, especially for those drawn to strong female protagonists -Booklist, starred review; At the outset of The Passenger, Lutz's narrator knows that her only chance for freedom is to lose herself, and thus, leaving one dead man behind, she hits the diamond lane of America-and storytelling-with a carload of identities, including the reader, who is carried along as both passenger and pursuer. This tenacious and resourceful heroine will keep you chasing, rooting, lip-biting, and above all reading until you reach the ending you never saw coming. My advice: buckle up -Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling Author of Descent; A sharp, clever, and utterly compelling thriller about a woman running from the mistakes and misfortunes of her past. Terrific -Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident; With whip-smart writing and a breakneck pace, The Passenger's clever plot twists and sharp characters are sure to keep you guessing long into the night, hoping against hope that its complex protagonist isn't nearly as guilty as she seems -Kim McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia;

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