What happens when the students at America's oldest university enter the world's oldest profession?
The Student Body is the smartest, sexiest beach book of the year, written by four Harvard graduates who are as diverse as their characters.
Harvard University can be a menacing place. Academic pressure is intense. Attitude reigns. Racial and sexual politics create a minefield. Toni Isaacs, a gutsy young Harvard student who reports for the campus paper, can handle thatusually. This smart black woman works hard, knows how to dress, and won't back down in a fight.
Covering a story for the Harvard Crimson, Toni receives a tip: Harvard studentsboth men and womenare working as prostitutes. Determined to make her mark, Toni finds herself drawn into Boston's sexual underworld, where she encounters strippers, johns, escorts, vice cops, a stash of student sex diaries, and an MBA candidate with a very unusual business plan.
Toni's investigation ineluctably draws in some of her closest friends, who find their own worlds spinning out of control. This Mod Squad for the nineties stumbles across a scheme that jeopardizes much more than their academic futures and will have readers of this compulsive page-turner wondering just who the real prostitutes at Harvard are.
Filled with unforgettable characters, mordant wit, and steamy details, The Student Body is written with the sly intelligence and authenticity that only true Harvard graduates can provide. The Student Body isthe ultimate campus thriller, a gripping tour de force of suspense and social commentary that gives new meaning to the idea of getting into Harvard.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||6.53(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.28(d)|
About the Author
Jane Harvard is a pseudonym for four graduates of Harvard College: Faith Adiele, Michael Francisco Melcher, Bennett Singer, and Julia Sullivan, who work in film, law, and academia and live in Massachusetts and New York. Inspired by a prostitution scandal that unfolded at Brown University in 1986, Jane Harvard began collaborating on The Student Body six years ago to help pay off student loans.
Faith Adiele serves as the Christa McAuliffe Chair/Visiting Professor in English at Framingham State College. A former fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Ragdale Foundation, she has published in Ploughshares, Ms., and anthologies from Norton, Beacon, Doubleday, and Routledge presses. Adiele lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she is at work on a memoir about growing up Nigerian/Scandinavian in Washington State.
Michael Francisco Melcher is a securities lawyer in New York City. Raised in Orange County, California, he earned JD and MBA degrees at Stanford University, where he wrote, produced, and directed several musical parodies of law-school life. Along with another business-school classmate, Melcher created the Stephanopouletter, a political fanzine. Before practicing law, he was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency in India and Taiwan.
Bennett Singer has served as producer or associate producer on a number of nationally broadcast PBS series, including Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads; The Question of Equality; and With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. He is the editor of the award-winning Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology and an editor of Voices of Freedom:An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement. At Harvard, he was executive editor of the Independent, a campus weekly. Singer lives in Brooklyn, New York, and currently works as executive editor of Time magazine's education program.
Julia Sullivan has been a freelance writer, translator, and editor for the past ten years. She has taught American literature, medieval studies, and science fiction at Rutgers Univer-sity; her work as a playwright and librettist has been read and staged throughout the Northeast and in England. A native of Massachusetts, Sullivan is currently employed as director of communications at Cambridge College, and is the editor of the forthcoming incandescence: an online magazine of the arts.