The Body of a Young Man

Finalist, National Book Awards 1961 for Fiction

The Body of a Young Man by mildred walker book cover
ISBN 9780803297876
Bison Books | Harcourt, Brace
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James Cutler, a high school physics teacher, is shattered by the suicide of his most promising student. Hoping to gain perspective and peace of mind, he travels with his wife, Phyllis, to Vermont to spend the summer at the farm of old friends, Josh and Lucy Blair.

The Body of a Young Man is a deeply moving story of four people whose friendship asks more than they can give and offers more than they can take. Only in observing another tragedy does James begin to see vulnerability as a virtue and ambiguity as a source of strength