Early autumn, 1964; and for Allan Ross, his final year at quietly prestigious Williams College seems pretty sure to stay predictable and dull—until he meets Ann Ash, the fascinating daughter of a powerful, and widely feared, professor.
Suddenly, all bets are off, and Allan quickly learns that life holds infinitely more than good grades, campus savoir faire, and the joys of jamming to progressive jazz.
As winter grips the Purple Valley, Allan’s neatly ordered world explodes in a storm of passion, doubt, and self-discovery. Love, real love, leads to marriage, right? So why delay? Why hide? What is there to be frightened of?
The return of spring provides unlooked-for—and not always welcome—answers that leave Allan doubting every certainty his life seemed built on. Stumbling through this underworld, he finds, as others did before him, that the dead have much to teach us; that what has been once may be again; and that unlooked-for obstacles can also offer opportunities.
Summer brings an end to everything, and what comes after must remain a mystery—but one that holds a chance for perfect satisfaction!
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Yet another college novel??
Yes! Because some stories never die—and what appears to be the past may reveal the future.
For example, check the Prologue. Are these really the 1960s you remember, or were told about? What’s going on?
The Williams College in these pages is as much a waking dream as it is an evocation. Rather than trying to bring history to life, this novel, Satisfaction, seeks instead to spin a web of possibilities—the same that re-emerge in every generation, and have done since troubled love began!"