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The Folded Leaf

Publisher: Vintage Classics
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Book Summary of The Folded Leaf

The path to adulthood is littered with broken relationships.

In the suburbs of 1920s Chicago two boys form an unlikely friendship. Spud Latham is slow at school but quick to fight and a natural athlete - Lymie Peters, thin, pigeon-chested and terrible at games, is devoted to him. As they graduate from school to college, tensions start to surface. It is Lymie who first meets Sally Forbes, but it is Spud she falls in love with. This signals the end of their friendship and the rift is almost more than Lymie can bear.

About the Author
William Maxwell was born in Illinois in 1908. He was the author of a distinguished body of work: six novels, three short story collections, an autobiographical memoir and a collection of literary essays and reviews. A New Yorker editor for forty years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara and Eudora Welty. So Long, See You Tomorrow won the American Book Award, and he received the PEN/Malamud Award. He died in New York in 2000.

Details of Book: The Folded Leaf (BSID:6900)

Book The Folded Leaf
Author William Maxwell
ISBN 1860466966
ISBN-13 9781860466960, 978-1860466960
Binding Paperback
Publisher Vintage Classics
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 320
Language English
Dimensions 7.68 x 5.04 x 0.59 inches
Weight 245 grams

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Sean October 13, 2008 review from Goodreads

This book was published ages ago; it was one of the first " serious " novels I'd read about being young and gay. Made me feel a little bit better than before I'd read it. The gays have been around for a while, and this gives you an idea of what it might have been like in the 1920's. From the Publ...

Tim October 21, 2010 review from Goodreads

One can see the coming perfection of "Time Will Darken It" (1948) all over William Maxwell's 1945 novel. I first read this 15-20 years ago, and liked it enough to later read "Time" and love it. But a 2010 revisit to "The Folded Leaf" revealed qualities I seemed not to have fully appreciated earli...

Chazzbot July 16, 2010 review from Goodreads

This novel, written in 1945, explores in sensitive and subtle details the love of two boys as they become young men, and is probably as direct a novel that could be written on that subject at the time, maybe even now. I am not generally a fan of the "pained adolescence" novel, having had several...

Erastes June 09, 2010 review from Goodreads

This book was published in 1945, so itâ??s particularly â??codedâ? in such a way that it can be read without some people noticing the homosexual sub-text. I think perhaps that if the ending had been more upbeat in the way The Charioteer had been written then it would be as popular as that book because...

Stephan September 06, 2010 review from Goodreads

It's at the same time both easy AND very hard to write about this strange period of adolescence in a way by which I feel attracted. I have always had a particular fondness of stories such as the one presented here, however, often the tone & style make the different works of different authors...


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