Stephanie Clifford's novel, 'Everybody Rise.'
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Stephanie Clifford's novel, 'Everybody Rise.'

Novel Asks: Why Are Americans So Status Conscious?

Ross Reynolds interviews novelist Stephanie Clifford about her New York Times best seller “Everybody Rise,” the story of a 26-year-old from Maryland who tries to fit in with the wealthy New York elite. It's a contemporary take on Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth".

Clifford based her book on her experience of culture shock after moving from Seattle to the East Coast. When she’s not writing novels Clifford is a a New York Times reporter covering courts.