Synopses & Reviews
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
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.
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.
About the Author
, who died in 1992, was the author of seven novels, including Revolutionary Road
, The Easter Parade
, and A Special Providence
, as well as two story collections. The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
was first published in May 2001. Kristoffer Tabori
has been involved in the world of television, film and theatre since he was six years old. As a director he won an Emmy, The Theatre World Award, The LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Award, and ten Drama-logue Awards. He has lent his voice to a number of films including Alpha Protocol, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition, Endwar,
and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
and in television to Avatar: The Last Airbender
and The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda
. Tabori has read a range of Earphones Award-winning audiobooks. His work includes narrating Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex
, Jack Finny's Invasion of the Body Snatchers
, and the compilation Tales for a Stormy Night