The Last Autumn

The Last Autumn

by Daniel Scavone

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In his last year at Princeton, Alex Williams discovers that, in a school where the best and the brightest are around every corner, does not always mean that life is a long, lazy weekend at the beach. Alex lives in one of the eating clubs, the epicenter of Princeton's social scene. His best friend and roommate, the wealthy son of a U.S. Senator, is at school to do anything but study and appears to be holding something dark inside him. Alex discovers what that is but does not realize that the tragedy will take an even worse turn.

Alex struggles to address the demands of school, athletics, social interactions and figuring out his life's path. Alex's relationship with his girlfriend is rocked by accusations of infidelity and mistrust. Alex also runs into conflict with his crew coach as they both question his desire and responsibility to the team. As senior year winds on, Alex grows increasingly concerned with what he is going to do after graduation. He has a life changing meeting with a very wealthy alumnus that will give Alex some clarity as to what he may want to seek in his future.

The Last Autumn questions what constitutes success in America and are these goals really worth striving for. The novel takes jabs at what society values as "having made it." Although funny and satirical, the novel confronts serious issues such as child abuse, drugs, privilege, power, sex and suicide.

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BN ID: 2940161661574
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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The Last Autumn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Last Autumn” is a coming of age novel that will make you laugh and cry. It is hilarious in parts – an entertaining, poignant story with pearls of wisdom in its pages for young and old adults. Daniel Scavone manages to capture the rarefied world of an ivy league university. He makes us realize that we misapply the value of these institutions and makes us question the paths that we expect young adults to choose.
AdamGreen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. The basis of the story is the protagonist, Alex WIlliams, entering his final year at Princeton University with a lot of uncertainty and issues in his life. I think anyone who has went to college would relate to a lot of the issues and situations Alex faces. Although very funny, the book hits you with the seriousness of drug addiction, child abuse, and the advantages of privilege. It is also one of those rare reads where the story seems to get stronger and stronger with each page.