By Richard Yates
A bittersweet, haunting exploration of sweet sixteen and the influence of war.
At fifteen, Terry Flynn had the face of an angel and the physique of an ideal athlete...
Set in a small boarding college at the eve of America's access into international struggle , A stable School tells the tale of William Grove, the fearful teen attempting to slot in; the betrayed alcoholic, Jack Draper; and Edith Stone, the teacher's daughter, who falls in love with the most well-liked boy in school.
Instantly acclaimed on its first e-book, peopled with a few of Richard Yates's so much memorable characters, this delicate, spare masterpiece is a haunting meditation at the twilight of sweet sixteen, and an unforgettable description of the impression of battle at the lives of an blameless iteration.
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They could tell the world more easily than we might, anyway—and that’s important. Whatever haunts these grounds may not be huntable by the likes of us, or the Rangers either. ” “We try to spread the word,” Sarah whispered. ” “And still you remain,” the padre said. It was not quite an accusation. Sarah looked at Sister Eileen, seeking some kind of permission. The sister nodded, and Sarah asked the padre, “She’s told you about the deaths, is that why you’re here? ” “I promise to try. So you should not treat me like a guest.
45 Cherie Priest One by one, the guests said their good-nights and left for their rooms. Footstep by retreating footstep, the place fell quiet. Then Sister Eileen turned to the padre, and regarded him with those strange gold eyes. ” “This hotel is no different. No different at all. We should be on our guard. But not here,” she added, catching Mrs. Alvarez’s eye. “The ladies wish for us to move along, so they can finish their tasks and find their way home. ” They left for the main lobby, where they found Sarah behind the desk, reading another newspaper, or perhaps the same one as before.
It was still quite distant, just a smudge on the cusp of the world. Maybe the worst would not fall tonight. Maybe it’d find them tomorrow, or the day after. But soon. The nun may or may not have known the signs; the padre didn’t know how versed she was, in the ways of coastal weather. She accepted the answer gracefully, as if it didn’t matter either way. “That’s good to hear. ” Sarah’s smile slipped; it cracked at the edge, and for a small, short moment, it looked a little bit desperate. “None yet, I’m afraid.
A Good School by Richard Yates