Bruce Holsinger, CLSC Author, The Gifted School

Thursday, August 06, 2020
03:30pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly

Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.

Seen through the lens of four families who’ve been a part of one another’s lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group’s children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. 

Bruce Holsinger is a novelist and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Va., and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.  He is the author of two previous novels: A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire. Since 2005, he has taught in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in medieval literature and modern critical thought and serves as editor of the quarterly journal New Literary History.

His nonfiction books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Musicological Society, and his academic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Review of BooksVanity FairThe Washington Post, Slate, and many other publications. His work has been featured several times on NPR.