All Souls

All Souls

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In 1997, at the distinguished Siddons School on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the school year opens with distressing news: Astra Dell is suffering from a rare disease. Astra's friends try to reconcile the sick girl's suffering with their own fierce longings and impetuous attachments. Car writes unsparing letters, which the dirty Marlene, in her devotion, then steals. Other classmates carry on: The silly team of Suki and Alex pursue Will Bliss while the subversive Lisa Van de Ven makes dates with Miss Wilkes. The world of private schools and privilege in New York City is funny, poignant, cruel, and at its heart is a sick girl, Astra Dell, "that pale girl from the senior class, the dancer with all the hair, the red hair, knotted or braided or let to fall to her waist, a fever and she consumed." National Book Award Finalist Christine Schutt has created a wickedly original tale of innocence, daring and illness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 136.08g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156033380
  • 9780156033381
  • 663,816

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Praise for ALL SOULS "[M]asterfully paced... Schutt's writing is sharp as ever, with a keen eye for life's everyday grotesqueries.... Schutt continues to capture the messiness and confusions particular to adolescence, but in "All Souls," new terrain refreshes this writer's astringent voice."--TimeOut New York (four stars)

"Readers who love language and appreciate description will find "All Souls" worth reading.... Anyone who wants to read a high school story that's about more than just life as a model/fashionista/mean girl will enjoy this book."" --

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553 ratings
3.02 out of 5 stars
5 13% (71)
4 20% (113)
3 32% (178)
2 25% (139)
1 9% (52)
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