School Days: These adult novels take you back

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.

  • chatham school affair book coverThe 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

3 thoughts on “School Days: These adult novels take you back”

  1. “Gentlemen and Players” by Joanne Harris. Murder mystery set in an English private school. Set in both present day and 15 years previous. Alternately narrated by the school porter’s son, Julian, and the Classic professor, Mr Straitley.

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