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A bittersweet, haunting exploration of youth and the impact of war

At fifteen, Terry Flynn had the face of an angel and the body of a perfect athlete...
Set in a small boarding school on the eve of America's entry into World War Two, A Good School tells the story of William Grove, the nervous teenager trying to fit in; the betrayed alcoholic, Jack Draper; and Edith Stone, the teacher's daughter, who falls in love with the most popular boy in school.
Instantly acclaimed on its first publication, peopled with some of Richard Yates's most memorable characters, this tender, spare masterpiece is a haunting meditation on the twilight of youth, and an unforgettable description of the impact of war on the lives of an innocent generation.

Reviews

Bittersweet, elegiac, this is Richard Yates's gentlest book

Boston Review

A first-class work of imagination

New York Times

In an age embarrassed by story-telling... Yates tell stories we believe

New Republic

Yates is such a magnificent writer

The Times

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  • EBook

    9781446420591

    January 4, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099518587

    April 15, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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