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A Good Schoolby Richard Yates
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Following the death of her beloved Aunt Belle, Lorna Kent abandons her life in the city to move to a small country town. Once an ancient valley settlement, Canterlow's surrounding countryside remains, even in 1919, virtually untouched by the passage of time. Immediately welcomed by her new community, Lorna soon finds herself helping at the local school and befriending its well-respected headmaster, Adam Ushart.
Enchanted by its beauty, and enraptured by her first experience of love, Lorna is unprepared for the dark undercurrent of violence and betrayal lying beneath the smooth surface of life in Canterlow. When the mysterious death of a beautiful young girl named Alice captures her imagination, Lorna soon finds herself entangled in a web of dangerous secrets. Alice had also been in love, and by discovering the identity of the young girl's seducer, Lorna finds herself involved in the lives of more than one person with something to hide.
"A first-class work of imagination marked by an interest in real history." The New York Times Book Review
"A graceful and articulate narrative...affectionate, witty, and wry." The New Yorker
"[Yates] is an expert....This is acute and poignant." John Skow, Time
"[Yates's] small-scale tapestry is rich in intricate detail — much of it wonderfully droll." Elizabeth Peer, Newsweek
"Distinguished by fine writing and convincing adolescent angst." The Atlantic Monthly
Set in a New England boarding school on the cusp of America's entry into World War II, "A Good School" tells the story of a student, a crippled chemistry teacher, and the schoolmaster's young daughter, who falls in love with the most celebrated boy in the class of 1943.
Richard Yates, who died in 1992, is today ranked by many readers, scholars, and critics alongside such titans of modern American ficiton as Updike, Roth, Irving, Vonnegut, and Mailer.
In this work, he offers a spare and autumnal novel about a New England prep school. At once a meditation on the twilight of youth and an examination of America's entry into World War II, A Good School tells the stories of William Grove, the quiet boy who becomes an editor of the school newspaper; Jack Draper, a crippled chemistry teacher; and Edith Stone, the schoolmaster's young daughter, who falls in love with most celebrated boy in the class of 1943.
About the Author
Richard Yates was the author of the novels REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, A SPECIAL PROVIDENCE, DISTURBING THE PEACE, THE EASTER PARADE, A GOOD SCHOOL, YOUNG HEARTS CRYING, and COLD SPRING HARBOR, as well as the story collections ELEVEN KINDS OF LONELINESS, LIARS IN LOVE, and THE COLLECTED STORIES OF RICHARD YATES. He died in 1992.
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