Those of us who are finished with — but who keenly remember — pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks, September always seems like the start of a new year. We might not be buying back to school supplies this September, but we can reconnect with our past experiences — good and bad — by delving into these back to school novels.
- The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook
A psychological thriller about a love affair gone awry in a New England private school.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
An absorbing and detailed novel set in a Vermont college about a group of classics students with questionable morals.
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
A prize-winning coming of age novel that takes place in the 1950s in a New Hampshire private school.
- I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
A contemporary look at freshmen college life by an old pro.
- Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
A current view of four dorm mates at Smith College and their subsequent experiences.
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
A classic novel about a charismatic teacher at a private school for girls in Scotland in the 1930s.
- Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Inside the head of a Princeton admission officer, the choices she makes and the cases she judges.
- Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by David Lodge
The first of a trilogy of academic novels about two professors who participate in an academic exchange.
~ Susan F., Central Library, Fiction Department