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Even though the war had thrown a shroud over the outside world, Phineas and Gene remained untouched by it. In the summer of ’42, the Devon school was a lot like Camelot, fairly bursting with adventure and promise. As much as Gene resisted it, there had been something eternal and unforgettable about that summer. And by the time he understood what life without Phineas could be—it was too late. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A quietly vital and cleanly written novel that moves, page by page, towards a most interesting target.”

    Truman Capote

  • “A model of restraint, deeply felt and beautifully written.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A masterpiece.”

     National Review

  • “I think it is the best-written, best-designed, and most moving novel I have read in many years. Beginning with a tiny incident among ordinary boys, it ends by being as deep and as big as evil itself.”

    Aubrey Menen

  • “Mr. Knowles has something to say about youth and war that few contemporary novelists have attempted to say and none has said better.”

    Warren Miller

  • “Is he the successor to Salinger for whom we have been waiting so long?”


  • “The volatile world of male adolescence provides the backdrop for John Knowles’ engrossing tale of love, hate, war, and peace… Not only does [narrator Scott] Snively give a distinctive voice to each of the main characters, he also delineates the mannerisms and personalities of the other boys and the teachers surrounding them. Intense, mesmerizing, and compelling, this rendition of a classic coming-of-age tale belongs in all public library collections, and will be especially helpful to high school students.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 5/24/2011

    " Read a long time ago. Supposedly set in a fictionalized version of Exeter, my older brother's prep.
    school. De rigueur reading for preppies of the 50's and 60's. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " Read "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" and Fosterize this one. It'll blow your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 5/21/2011

    " I thought it was a great book I did find it kinda sad what happened to Gene's best friend (Finny). I think anyone would seriously enjoy it if you give it a chance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by He-who-must-not-be-named | 5/18/2011

    " eeehhh, not my cup of tea. "

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About the Author
Author John Knowles

John Knowles (1926–2001) was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Yale. His first novel, A Separate Peace was published in 1959 and adapted for film in 1972. In 2004 it was adapted again as a television movie by Showtime. He wrote seven novels, a book on travel, and a collection of stories. He was the winner of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.