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Rodin's Debutante

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Ward Just, Rodin's Debutante

Rodin's Debutante

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Ward Just
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction

We gave it an A-

Don’t be misled by the title; this engaging coming-of-age tale has little to do with either Auguste Rodin or a debutante. Instead it begins early in the 20th century with Tommy Ogden, a rich, enigmatic Chicagoan who drunkenly decides one day to endow a boys’ prep school. Flash forward a few decades to Lee Goodell, who attends Ogden Hall School for Boys and privately wants to become a sculptor. We follow his life, witnessing the two acts of violence that change him. Rodin’s Debutante is a surprising story, never going where you expect it to, and Just’s spare prose packs a solid emotional punch. A-

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