Around Harvard Square

Around Harvard Square

Book - 2019
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"A smart, satirical novel about surviving the racial and cultural tensions ratcheted up in the elite Harvard hothouse. Farley has created a marvelously engaging and diverse set of characters, at the center of which is a nerdy Jamaican American with a philosophical bent and his cohort of oddballs struggling to win a spot on Harvard's brainy humor magazine, which provides a springboard for Farley to dive into the ethics of comedy, among other subjects."
-- National Book Review , included in Monday's 5 Hot Books

" Around Harvard Square [is] C.J. Farley's fun novel about an exceptional Jamaican student-athlete facing class and race issues to get a spot on an elite Harvard University humor magazine."
-- New York Daily News , included in CaribBeat column

"C.J. Farley's Around Harvard Square is a witty and artful narrative of a society on the crossroads of change...A must read."
-- The Gleaner (Jamaica)

Included in Publishers Weekly 's Spring 2019 Children's Announcements

Included in Rich in Color 's Six Books to Kickstart April

"In his new novel, Around Harvard Square , Farley writes about a scandal strikingly similar to how Singer helped parents and coaches allegedly exploit athletic programs of schools like Yale, Georgetown, and USC."
-- Fox 5 (New York)

"This former Lampoon editor, journalist, and now satirical novelist, has lots of insight into the discrepancies around race and gender that remain present in the comedy industry."
-- CityLine (WCVB-TV Boston)

" Around Harvard Square brings social commentary to college life, approaching the issues in a humorous attitude...Farley makes the injustices more tangible to a younger audience who may be future students at such institutions, and he shows how little progression has been made in the educational system regarding institutional racism."
-- Prism Review

"This coming-of-age novel, set in the '90s, follows Jamaican-American Tosh Livingston and his group of friends--Lao, Meera, and Zippa--on their quest to land coveted spots on the staff of the Harvard Harpoon , Harvard's humor magazine...The characters' clever dialogue challenges privileged and stereotypical thinking."
-- Publishers Weekly

Tosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he's made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Not so fast! Once on campus, he's ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard's legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon . Tosh soon finds that joining the Harpoon is a weird and surprisingly dangerous pursuit. He faces off against a secret society of super-rich kids, gets schooled by a philosophy professor who loves flunking everyone, and teams up with a genius student-cartoonist with an agenda of her own. Along the way, Tosh and his band of misfit freshman friends unearth long-buried mysteries about the Ivy League that will rock the Ivory Tower and change their lives forever...if they can survive the semester.

With its whip-smart humor and fast-paced narrative, Around Harvard Square will appeal to readers of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education.

Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Black Sheep an imprint of Akashic Books, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781617757143
Branch Call Number: FIC FARLEY 2019
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 23 cm


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