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Master Class

by Christina Dalcher

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Master Class by Christina Dalcher
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    Apr 2020, 336 pages

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After her breakout 2018 debut, Vox, Christina Dalcher follows up with the unsettling Master Class, a dystopian thriller set in the near future.

Christina Dalcher's Master Class shows America sleepwalking into a perfectionist eventuality not dissimilar to the one in Aldous Huxley's dystopian classic Brave New World. In Dalcher's novel, the state utilizes closely monitored "Q rankings" to determine children's futures. These rankings also dictate continuing levels of prosperity and social status for adults. The story describes a society in which academic pre-eminence is celebrated, while "feeblemindedness" and notions of individuality and diversity—whether educational, ethnic or sexual—are scorned.

Elena Fairchild, a teacher at a prestige school for advantaged children, is experiencing a crisis of conscience. Trapped in a marriage with a man she no longer loves, she is conflicted regarding the needs of her daughters, Freddie and Anne. Freddie is failing to achieve the prescribed educational standards, while Anne is ...

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