So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

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by William Maxwell
     
 

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On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past. "A small, perfect novel."—Washington Post Book World.

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On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past. "A small, perfect novel."—Washington Post Book World.

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A book that probably very few of you have read: William Maxwell's So Long, See You tomorrow, a diamond-hard, 140-page masterpiece (watch for next month's Writer's Writers column, which will be about William Maxwell in general and that book in particular). The book was first published in the late 1970s in The New Yorker, when I was just a dumb teenager not yet reading The New Yorker, and it was published as a book in 1980 and reissued in paperback last year. If you are reading it on an airplane or in a restaurant and you see someone else reading it, this would be both a large coincidence and a sign that probably it would be okay to marry that person.

—Mark Winegardner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307789877
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
89,702
File size:
2 MB

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On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past. "A small, perfect novel."—Washington Post Book World.

What People are saying about this

Michael Ondaatje
This is one of the great books of our age. It is the subtlest of miniatures that contains our deepest sorrows and truths and love—all caught in a clear, simple style in perfect brushstrokes.
John Updike
What a lovely book, utterly unlike any other in shape I have ever read.

Meet 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.

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So Long, See You Tomorrow 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The narrator displays many emotions throughout the book. It is a murder mystery yet at the same time the storyline deplicts a past that the narrator cannot let go of. The book shows how a man cannot let go of his mothers absence in his life and how he finds it difficult to make friends. The twist of the book brings it to life, and the memories of his childhood show the truths of how a child visualizes life and their parents.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So Long, See You Tomorrow was an okay book. It recreated the happenings before the murder very nicely. Although, it was kind of confusing I would recomend it to people who like historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. It was interesting and enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So Long See You Tomorrow is a weird book, it talks about different things. It mostly talks about his mother dying and how he hates his step-mother. It gets really confusing towards the end of the book, the auther who wrote this book does not have anything organized so you get lost in the book, but other than that I think its pretty good.