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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446418109
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

So Long, See You Tomorrow

A love triangle in 1930s Illinois is the focus of this luminous American classic, a short novel that yet encompasses humanity, wit, insight and psychological suspense

In 1920s rural Illinois two lonely teenage boys form a tentative friendship. Then violence intrudes into their lives and the relationship between the narrator and Cletus Smith is shattered. It is Cletus's father who has fired the shot that killed the farmer Lloyd Wilson. The narrator never speaks to Cletus again. Some years later he passes him in the corridor of a Chicago high school but does not speak. Fifty years later, haunted by a sense that he failed a fundamental test of friendship, the narrator sets out to reconstruct the events that led to the murder. In doing so, he vividly conjures up two families, two failed marriages and the tragedy that led Clarence Smith to murder his neighbour. William Maxwell's short novel is a perfectly judged and profound meditation on the past and its power to endure in our lives.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446418109
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

William Maxwell

William Maxwell (1908-2000) was born in Illinois. He was the author of a distinguished body of work: six novels, three short story collections, an autobiographical memoir and a collection of literary essays and reviews. A New Yorker editor for 40 years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Eudora Welty. His novel, So Long Tomorrow won the American Book Award, and in 1995 he received the PEN/Malamud Award.

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Praise for So Long, See You Tomorrow

“A truly extraordinary novel... Maxwell has tapped a vein of strange, pure emotion”

Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday

“So magically deft at being profound...possesses that daunting quality impossible to emulate: it makes greatness seem simple”

Richard Ford

“Maxwell does something all great novelists do: he conjures depths of pain and regret in words of radiant simplicity”

Anthony Quinn, Observer

“This calm, reflective and extraordinarily beautiful novel offers American fiction at its finest”

Irish Times

“Maxwell's voice is one of the wisest in American fiction; it is, as well, one of the kindest”

John Updike

“Maxwell is one of the past half-century's unmistakably great novelists”

Village Voice

“Maxwell offers us scrupulously executed, moving landscapes of America's twentieth century, and they do not fade”

Times Literary Supplement

“One of the great books of our age. It is the subtlest of miniatures that contains our deepest sorrows and truths and love - all caught in a clear, simple style in perfect brushstrokes”

Michael Ondjaate

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