Ivy Chronicles

Version: Unabridged
Author: Karen Quinn
Narrator: Julia Gibson
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 15 minutes
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When turbocharged Park Avenue mom Ivy Ames finds she's been downsized from her high-powered corporate job and her marriage, she swiftly realizes that she's going to need a whole new way to support herself and her two private-school daughters. At first she does the obvious thing: she panics. Then she decides to put her years of marketing savvy to work and dreams up a brilliant new business - helping upscale New Yorkers get their little darlings into the most exclusive kindergartens in the city.

Ivy enters a parent-eat-parent world where the egos are directly proportional to their owners' enormous incomes, peopled by her only-in-Manhattan clients, including:

- Lilith Radmore-Stein, a newspaper mogul who is willing risk her entire empire in a demented effort to get her son admitted to Harvard Day
- Omar Kutcher ("Kutcher the Butcher"), a cold-blooded mob boss who seeks Ivy's counsel on whether to bump off or pay off the powers-that-be to get his "little pistol" into the city's best all-girls Catholic school
- Stu Needleman, Ivy's most obnoxious client, who threatens to ruin her if she won't help his four-year-old unibrowed daughter cheat on her kindergarten entrance exam
- Willow Bliss and Tiny Herrera, the biracial lesbian parents of an adopted wheelchair-bound black child who is the "triple crown of diversity" that every school will covet

From the backstabbers of corporate America to the leading toddlers of Fifth Avenue, The Ivy Chronicles is more than an insider's look at this elite and utterly preposterous universe. It is also a tale of midlife reinvention and unexpected romance - for anyone who has ever lost what she holds dear and had to start over again.

Reviews (2)

Excess mocked

Written by Anonymous on August 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* After Ivy Ames is fired from her high-power banking job, she decides to start her own business, helping power-hungry parents get their tiny tots into exclusive kindergartens. The cast of parents shows the excess of NYC life and apparently Quinn is mocking it. But Ivy herself is so fond of such excess that it is hard to see that she finds it too much. She succeeds more or less in her business but also messes up her personal life: she is not a likable character. The narrator is equally annoying- very hard to listen to.

The Ivy Chronicles

Written by Anonymous on July 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An absolute riot! A completely ridiculous story and a really annoying reader and yet, well worth the listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Quinn, Karen

Karen Quinn has tutored scores of children and taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own kids to prepare them for the rigorous kindergarten admissions tests for Manhattan's most in-demand programs. She has been a featured expert on school admissions on ABC's "20/20" and "The View" and in "The New York Times, Forbes, Redbook, Woman's Day", and more. Karen is also the author of three novels: "Holly Would Dream, The Ivy Chronicles "and "Wife in the Fast Lane". She lives in Miami, FL with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.karenquinn.net.