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OLD SCHOOL

The protagonist of Tobias Wolff’s shrewdly—and at times devastatingly—observed first novel is a boy at an elite prep school in 1960. He is an outsider who has learned to mimic the negligent manner of his more privileged classmates. Like many of them, he wants more than anything on earth to become a writer. But to do that he must first learn to tell the truth about himself. The climax of his quest becomes intimately entangled with the school literary contest, whose winner will be awarded an audience with the most legendary writer of his time. As the fever of the competition infects the boy and his classmates, fraying alliances, exposing weaknesses, Old School explores the ensuing deceptions and betrayals with an unblinking eye and a bottomless store of empathy. The result is further evidence that Wolff is an authentic American master.

Fiction/978-0-375-70149-8

OUR STORY BEGINS

New and Selected Stories

This collection of stories—twenty-one classics followed by ten potent new stories—displays Tobias Wolff’s exquisite gifts over a quarter century.

Fiction/Short Stories/978-1-4000-9597-1

ALSO AVAILABLE

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, Edited by Tobias Wolff, 978-0-679-74513-6

VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES

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Table of Contents

Cover

Other Books by This Author

About the Author

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Acknowledgements

COMING ATTRACTIONS

THE MISSING PERSON

SAY YES

THE POOR ARE ALWAYS WITH US

SISTER

SOLDIER’S JOY

DESERT BREAKDOWN, 1968

OUR STORY BEGINS

LEVIATHAN

THE RICH BROTHER

Books by Tobias Wolff






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