“A sagacious nod to the charmed life…Little is more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down—especially in a designer cocktail dress.”—The Washington Post
Twenty-six-year-old Evelyn Beegan intended to free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York’s stately Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she lands a job at a social-network startup aimed at the elite, she has no choice but to infiltrate their world. Soon she finds herself navigating the promised land of Adirondack camps, Hamptons beach houses, and, of course, the island of Manhattan itself. Intoxicated by the wealth, access, and influence of her new set, Evelyn can’t help but try to pass as old money herself. But when the lies become more tangled, she grasps with increasing desperation as the ground beneath her begins to give way.
A sparkling debut that is “full of ambition and grit” (Emma Straub), Everybody Rise is a story about identity and loss, and how sometimes we have to lose everything to find our way back to who we really are.
"A superb debut. EVERYBODY RISE is a 21st-century version of a grand 19th-century novel—a smart, moving tale of class, ambition and identity."
- MALCOLM GLADWELL
"Clifford details the manners of the old-money set with a reporter’s well-trained eye…Suggestive, lyrical.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants in. Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st-century Edith Wharton."
- J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN
"A boomtime dramedy of manners featuring a bright young cast of haves and desperately-want-to-haves, all clinging to a very rickety social ladder. Clifford's lively and biting debut gets to the quick of ambition at its most corrosive."