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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ward Just Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An Unfinished Season captures the postwar moment of the 1950s, a time of rabid anti-communism, worker unrest, and government corruption, when the modern world lay just over the horizon.

On the margins of Chicago’s North Shore, nineteen-year-old Wilson Ravan watches as his father’s life unravels. Gruff, unapproachable Teddy Ravan is confronting a strike and even death threats from union members who work at his printing business. Wilson, in the summer before college, finds himself straddling three worlds: the newsroom, where he has landed a coveted job as a rookie reporter, and where his colleagues find class struggle at the heart of every issue; the whirl of glittering North Shore debutante parties where he spends his nights; and the growing cold war between his parents at home. These worlds collide when he falls in love with the willful daughter of a renowned psychiatrist with a frightful past in World War II.

With unparalleled grace, Ward Just brings Wilson’s circle to radiant life. Through his finely wrought portraits of a father and son, young lovers, and newsroom dramas, Just also stirringly depicts an American political era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant novel by Ward Just, whose writing is elegant and powerful…the book seems to fly by. Dufris demonstrates a gift for dialogue…[his] reading is both understated and highly effective.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deale Hutton | 2/19/2014

    " Why did I like this book? I don't really know..not my type of story really. The story of a young rather wealthy boy's passage into adulthood. The pace was slow, and, yet, I enjoyed it. You observe 'Wils'observing his parents,life ,and his girlfriend all through the eyes of this unaware boy. He maintains a strange distance despite or because of the family wealth and privilege. And, yet he is sympathetic. The character development is good, and perhaps no matter our financial status, we are (or were) unaware observers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori | 2/12/2014

    " Vivid, beautiful writing guides the reader through the life of Wils Ravan, a young society man as he experiences life in Chicago at the age of 19. Wonderfully deliberate word choice brings this story to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scot | 2/4/2014

    " Strong sense of time period and social class evoked in this piece, a coming of age story of an upper class youth from the Chicago suburbs trying to make sense of a world that includes debutante parties, a hip jazz club, and a summer job as an errand boy for a sensational newspaper. The language is rich, the tone something of a cross between Catcher in the Rye and a sumptuous Douglas Sirk film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie | 2/3/2014

    " Thoughtful and written beautifully. This was a story about growing up, realizing parents and adults are human, and that life is anything but simple. I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Ward Just

Ward Just won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for his novel A Dangerous Friend and was nominated for the National Book Award for Echo House. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha’s Vineyard and Europe.