Recently published in 2012, An Uncommon Education is a novel written by Elizabeth Percer. Percer is highly acclaimed author who has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times and was recognized by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation twice. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Irish Catholic, and she moved to San Francisco and let her writing career bloom.
An Uncommon Education is a coming-of-age novel. The protagonist is named Naomi Feinstein, and she has been isolated her entire life because her mother had clinical depression and her father would take her to John F. Kennedy’s house, which was a museum. She attends Wellesley and forces herself to become super competitive and joins the Shakespeare Society. The novel explores the complex relationships that she fostered in that club and how fear affects people so deeply.