• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 5, 2010)
Hummingbirds is a wonderfully compelling novel about the intertwining and darkly surprising relationships at the elite Carmine-Casey School for Girls on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where the rivalries and secrets of teachers and students intersect and eventually collide.
In the world of students, popular Dixie Doyle battles to wrest attention away from Liz Warren, who spends her time writing and directing plays based on the Oresteia. In the world of teachers, Leo Binhammer must now share his territory with Ted Hughes, the new English teacher who threatens Binhammer’s status as sole owner of the girls’ hearts. Seasons change and tensions mount as the students, longing for entry into the adult world, toy with their premature powers of flirtation. The deceptive innocence of adolescence becomes a trap into which flailing teachers fall, as the line between maturity and youth begins to blur.
Joshua Gaylord lives in New York with his wife, the Edgar-award-winning novelist Megan Abbott (The Song Is You, Queenpin, Bury Me Deep). For the past nine years, he has taught high school English at an Upper East Side prep school (a modern orthodox co-educational Yeshiva). Since 2002, he has also taught literature and cultural studies courses as an adjunct professor at the New School. Prior to coming to New York, he grew up in the heart of Orange County: Anaheim, home of Disneyland. He graduated from Berkeley with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing, where his instructors included Bharati Mukherjee, Leonard Michaels and Maxine Hong Kingston. In 2000, he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in English at New York University, specializing in twentieth-century American and British literature.
Visit Joshua at his website, www.joshuagaylord.com.
Joshua Gaylord’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Tuesday, October 5th: Write Meg
Thursday, October 7th: The Scholastic Scribe
Monday, October 11th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Tuesday, October 12th: Helen’s Book Blog
Wednesday, October 13th: Bookstack
Wednesday, October 20th: Life in the Thumb
Friday, October 22nd: After ‘I Do’
Monday, October 25th: Bookworm with a View
Tuesday, October 26th: Bibliophiliac
Thursday, October 28th: five borough book review
Wednesday, November 3rd: Take Me Away
Friday, November 5th: Tales of a Capricious Reader