A Good School by Richard Yates

By Richard Yates

A bittersweet, haunting exploration of sweet sixteen and the effect of war.

At fifteen, Terry Flynn had the face of an angel and the physique of an ideal athlete...

Set in a small boarding college at the eve of America's access into international struggle , A stable School tells the tale of William Grove, the anxious teen attempting to slot in; the betrayed alcoholic, Jack Draper; and Edith Stone, the teacher's daughter, who falls in love with the most well-liked boy in school.

Instantly acclaimed on its first book, peopled with a few of Richard Yates's so much memorable characters, this delicate, spare masterpiece is a haunting meditation at the twilight of juvenile, and an unforgettable description of the effect of conflict at the lives of an blameless iteration.

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It hit her in the stomach, splashing white foam, and it rolled off in the dirt near some other cans, all of which had originated from the same cooler. For two six-packs now they had thrown their half-empty cans at her and laughed. Willard had trouble with the target, but Cobb was fairly accurate. They were not ones to waste beer, but the heavier cans could be felt better and it was great fun to watch the foam shoot everywhere. The warm beer mixed with the dark blood and ran down her face and neck into a puddle behind her head.

Ozzie brought coffee and doughnuts at two, and told Carl Lee all he knew about Cobb and Willard. Jake's office was a two-story building in a row of two-story buildings overlooking the courthouse on the north side of the square, just down from the Coffee Shop. The building was built by the Wilbanks family back in the 1890s, back when they owned Ford County. And there had been a Wilbanks practicing law in the building from the day it was built until 1979, the year of the disbarment. Next door to the east was an insurance agent Jake had sued for botching a claim for Tim Nunley, the mechanic down at the Chevrolet place.

And there had been a Wilbanks practicing law in the building from the day it was built until 1979, the year of the disbarment. Next door to the east was an insurance agent Jake had sued for botching a claim for Tim Nunley, the mechanic down at the Chevrolet place. To the west was the bank with the mortgage on the Saab. All the buildings around the square were two-story brick except the banks. The one next door had also been built by the Wilbankses and had just two floors, but the one on the southeast corner of the square had three floors, and the newest one, on the southwest corner, had four floors.

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