When someone murders a notorious "tiger mother," an intrepid detective with a secret must investigate the plethora of ... Trophy Child: A gifted child whose parents parade him/her around—e.g., by making him/her play a musical instrument—to impress others and enhance the parent(s)' status among their peers The child learns from the very beginning what is necessary to capture the interest and maintain the positive regard of the narcissistic parent. She quickly learns to stifle her own desires, her authentic self, and to become the shiny, attractive trophy child that will make her parent feel good. The Trophy Child is gripping, darkly funny and bound to induce spasms of guilt in even the least pushy parent.
I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled. I want to stand on a mountain top and tell everyone to read this brilliant novel.