A Separate Peace (Hardcover)

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Relatable trials and tensions of youth are heightened in this coming-of-age novel set in the shadow of World War II. The inevitability of characters’ fates quietly raises the stakes of familiar tropes, concentrating their literary impact and making this a masterclass in understated writing. If you missed out on A Separate Peace in high school English, I highly recommend picking it up now!

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— Allie


Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.

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.

About the Author

John Knowles (1926–2001) was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, as well as a recipient of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His books include Separate PeacePeace Breaks Out, and The Paragon

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684833668
ISBN-10: 0684833662
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: October 1st, 1996
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Scribner Classics

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