Category Archives: Crime

Come Hear ‘Around Harvard Square’ at Barnes and Noble Union Square

I’ll be reading from my new novel “Around Harvard Square” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, NYC. CNBC star Jim Cramer is moderating, and we’re going to have a fun and fascinating discussion about our experiences at Harvard.

There’s been a lot going on with college news lately–from Felicity Huffman pleading guilty in that big college admissions scandal to the Boston Globe reporting that a wealthy man allegedly purchased a home from a Harvard fencing coach in a bid to get his son into the school.

If you care about YA literature, college admissions or just want to hear some tales from the forgotten and secret history of the Ivy League, I hope you can attend my event!

Fox 5 NY on How ‘Around Harvard Square’ Prophesied a Scandal

There’s been a lot of coverage of the college admissions scandal, and my new novel “Around Harvard Square” has been drawing attention for depicting a similar (fictional) cheating scandal. Fox 5 NY did a segment on my book, and also posted a story online. In the article, Fox 5 NY reporter Mike Sacks writes “In his new novel, ‘Around Harvard Square,’ Farley writes about a scandal strikingly similar to how [California-based admissions consultant Rick] Singer helped parents and coaches allegedly exploit athletic programs of schools like Yale, Georgetown, and USC.” You can read the full Fox 5 NY story.

Dead Teen Walking

[Originally published in TIME magazine on Monday, Jan. 19, 1998]

By Christopher John Farley and James Willwerth/New Orleans

“DEAR FAMILY,

For some reason, I’ve sat here and prayed to the Lord for answers on why this is happening. Since Miss Babin took the stand, I knew I was gonna get found guilty. Down in my heart, I truly believe that the Gerardi family knew I didn’t do it, and I know I didn’t do it, the Lord knows, y’all know, my defense team knows, the State knows, and everyone else. But that’s not the answer. We will never get an answer as to why this is happening to us. But as I write this letter to you, I did not and will not shed a tear. So please don’t cry for me or over me. I must go because the Lord awaits me.”

–Shareef Cousin, in a letter to his family during jury deliberations at his murder trial

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