A Separate Peace

Finalist, National Book Awards 1961 for Fiction

A Separate Peace by John Knowles book cover
ISBN 9780743253970
Scribner | Macmillan

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Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.