Wednesday March 19th, 7:30
Friends of the Library Book Discussion, open to everyone
The book for March is William Maxwell's So Long, See You Tomorrow. This is a very short book and you have almost two months to read it.
The story centers around a 1920 murder on an Illinois farm and is a Bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story. It was first serialized in the New Yorker in 1979, edited by Roger Angell. Subsequently published in hardcover in 1980, and as a paperback in 1982, it won a National Book Award.
Maxwell worked as a long time fiction editor at the New Yorker, where he edited works by Cheever, Salinger, McCarthy, O’Hara, Updike, Nabokov and Welty.
This is a partly autobiographical work. Both the protagonist of this novella and Maxwell himself were born in Lincoln Ill, their mothers died in influenza epidemic of 1918 and fathers remarried, and both the fictional and real families moved to Chicago.Posted by library at January 30, 2008 03:34 PM