The Old World by Jonathan Strong

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In a Massachusetts mill town in the early 1960s, an elderly teacher --a refugee from wartime Spain and Germany--runs her car off the road one afternoon and is killed. For four of her young students on the cusp of gay manhood, the shock waves of the event ripple through the remainder of their lives. A compelling study of the bond between students and teachers and the final unknowability of others.
 

About Jonathan Strong

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Strong has taught at Harvard, Wellesley, UMass Boston, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Tufts.
 
Published September 1, 1997 by Zoland Books. 176 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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''The trick,'' he says, ''is to capture two traditions in motion, not one: to explore American ideas about Catholicism along with the predispositions (at times blinders) framing the mental landscape of American Catholics.'' It is a tough trick...

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