“I set out to write a novel about a mother and her son, inspired by the story of Hannah in the Book of Samuel. It developed into a tale greatly colored by the recent revelations on many educational campuses in the United States. Misconduct and betrayal are nothing new, unfortunate themes in life as well as literature, but seem to be dominating the public discourse. The Nine is a modern mother/child telling. It weaves together the yearnings of a highly involved woman with the inevitable rupture in a relationship with her teenage son as he enters a world she wanted for him, a world of prestige and tradition.” — Jeanne
When well-meaning helicopter mom, Hannah Webber, enrolls her brilliant son and the center of her world, Sam, into the boarding school of her dreams, neither of them is prepared for what awaits: an illicit underworld where decades of privileged conspiracy threaten not only Sam but also his fragile family.