So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

The novel revolves around a young boy in Illinois who befriends a new classmate, Cletus, whose father has been murdered. The protagonist becomes obsessed with the murder, imagining the events leading up to the tragedy from the perspectives of the involved parties. The novel explores themes of memory, guilt, and the impact of trauma on childhood friendships.

The 393rd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 937

Since this book was first published in 1980, there is a penalty of 9.6%. The age adjusted score is 847.05.

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