An Unfinished Season: A Novel

An Unfinished Season: A Novel

by Ward Just
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An Unfinished Season: A Novel by Ward Just


"The winter of the year my father carried a gun for his own protection was the coldest on record in Chicago." So begins Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, the winter in question a postwar moment of the 1950s when the modern world lay just over the horizon, a time of rabid anticommunism, worker unrest, and government corruption. Even the small-town family could not escape the nationwide suspicion and dread of "the enemy within." In rural Quarterday, on the margins of Chicago's North Shore, nineteen-year-old Wilson Ravan watches as his father's life unravels. Teddy Ravan -- gruff, unapproachable, secure in his knowledge of the world -- is confronting a strike and even death threats from union members who work at his printing business. Wilson, in the summer before college, finds himself straddling three worlds when he takes a job at a newspaper: the newsroom where working-class reporters find class struggle at the heart of every issue, the glittering North Shore debutante parties where he spends his nights, and the growing cold war between his parents at home. These worlds collide when he falls in love with the headstrong daughter of a renowned psychiatrist with a frightful past in World War II. Tragedy strikes her family, and the revelation of secrets calls into question everything Wilson once believed.
From a distinguished chronicler of American social history and the political world, An Unfinished Season is a brilliant exploration of culture, politics, and the individual conscience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618568284
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 437,124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author


Ward Just is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the National book Award finalist Echo House and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Award. In a career that began as a war correspondent for Newsweek and the Washington Post, Just has lived and written in half a dozen countries, including Britain, France, and Vietnam. His characters often lead public lives as politicians, civil servants, soldiers, artists, and writers. It is the tension between public duty and private conscience that animates much of his fiction, including Forgetfulness. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha’s Vineyard and Paris.

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Unfinished Season 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Ward Just but certainly not my last. Not only does the author plot a good story, he tells it in the most exqusite language
llamamia More than 1 year ago
There are so many facets to this novel that it's hard to decide what I liked best. Ward Just writes with such witty intelligent insight in his characters that they come alive and his plots are always intriguing:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and amazing writing style. The nook version had so many distracting typos, it was a little disappointing. But that is hardly the author's fault and i still highly recommend the book.
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