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.
“Bittersweet, elegiac, this is Richard Yates's gentlest book”
“A first-class work of imagination”
New York Times
“In an age embarrassed by story-telling... Yates tell stories we believe”
“Yates is such a magnificent writer”