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So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
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Aug 01, 12

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Read from July 31 to August 01, 2012

This novel will become a classic.

“And suddenly there he is, coming toward me in the corridor of that enormous high school, and I wince at the memory of how I didn’t speak to him.” (page 134)

Innocence. Youth. Budding friendship of different personalities. And sometimes it just doesn’t all turn out “right.” This is a powerful novel, and one I’d recommend without question. It’s a lyrical almost magical reflection on a hard, mysterious past and the attempt to come to grips with it. There is a foreboding leading to violence and death leading to the confusion of youth and finding reconciliation in things that didn’t turn out. Out of awkwardness comes heartbreak, and then searching. Brilliant.
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