So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

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by William Maxwell
     
 

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In this magically evocative novel, William Maxwell explores the enigmatic gravity of the past, which compels us to keep explaining it even as it makes liars out of us every time we try. On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed. And the tenuous friendship between two lonely

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In this magically evocative novel, William Maxwell explores the enigmatic gravity of the past, which compels us to keep explaining it even as it makes liars out of us every time we try. On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed. And the tenuous friendship between two lonely teenagers—one privileged yet neglected, the other a troubled farm boy—has been shattered.Fifty years later, one of those boys—now a grown man—tries to reconstruct the events that led up to the murder. In doing so, he is inevitably drawn back to his lost friend Cletus, who has the misfortune of being the son of Wilson's killer and who in the months before witnessed things that Maxwell's narrator can only guess at. Out of memory and imagination, the surmises of children and the destructive passions of their parents, Maxwell creates a luminous American classic of youth and loss.

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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:
9780679767206
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.39(d)

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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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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.

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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.