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You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik
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Sep 16, 11

bookshelves: american-fiction, gave-away
Read in September, 2011

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The basic story is this: Will Silver is an English teacher at the International Foreign School in Paris. He introduces his students to existentialist literature in a senior seminar, and for the most part, his students look up to him in a hero-worshipping sort of way. Will loves it. But as a new school year begins, Will meets Marie, another student at the IFS, and his actions, as well as his inactions, will have a profound effect on all of those around him, as well as on himself. The story is told from three points of view -- Will, Marie, and another student, Gilad.

I absolutely loved this book, and it stayed on my mind for days after reading it. What could have easily been a story filled with mundane fodder for chick-lit turns out to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. It remained on my mind for days after finishing it, and if that's not the mark of a good story, I don't know what is.

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