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A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel that follows the relationship between Gene and Phineas at their New England boarding school. After a tragic accident set into motion by Gene's jealousy of Phineas' outgoing personality and athletic skill, Gene has to deal with his insecurities and guilt for Phineas' injury. As World War II begins to start, Gene grapples with his motivations and the consequences of his actions with Phineas, his own role with the war effort, and what his own calling is. 208 pages, softcover. Questions for discussion and an afterward by David Levithan included.
|Title: A Separate Peace|
By: John Knowles
Number of Pages: 226
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2003
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW253973
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Nominated as one of Americas best-loved novels by PBSs The Great American Read.
Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
National Review A masterpiece.
The Observer A model of restraint, deeply felt and beautifully written.
Warren Miller Mr. Knowles has something to say about youth and war that few contemporary novelists have attempted to say and none has said better.