The Cave Dwellers

The Cave Dwellers was written by Christina McDowell, a St. Patrick’s graduate. It’s the story of elite Washingtonians and their children who attend the fictitious St. Peter’s Academy in DC. It centers around the Mansion Murders of a few years ago. Of course I want to be supportive of all our wonderful graduates, but this one was too much for me. It put DC independent schools and their students/families in a terrible light and the focus on a real tragedy didn’t work for me either. Amazon: “They are the families considered worthy of a listing in the exclusive Green Book—a discriminative diary created by the niece of Edith Roosevelt’s social secretary. Their aristocratic bloodlines are woven into the very fabric of Washington—generation after generation. Their old money and manner lurk through the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, Kalorama, and Capitol Hill. They only socialize within their inner circle, turning a blind eye to those who come and go on the political merry-go-round. These parents and their children live in gilded existences of power and privilege. But what they have failed to understand is that the world is changing. And when the family of one of their own is held hostage and brutally murdered, everything about their legacy is called into question in this unputdownable novel that “combines social satire with moral outrage to offer a masterfully crafted, absorbing read that can simply entertain on one level and provoke reasoned discourse on another” While you might want to read this one if you are from DC, I would give it a pass if I were you.

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