An Unfinished Season
"The winter of the year my father carried a gun for his own protection was the coldest on record in Chicago." So begins Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, the winter in question a postwar moment of the 1950s when the modern world lay just over the horizon, a time of rabid anticommunism, worker unrest, and government corruption. Even the small-town family could not escape the nationwide suspicion and dread of "the enemy within." In rural Quarterday, on the margins of Chicago's North Shore, nineteen-year-old Wilson Ravan watches as his father's life unravels. Teddy Ravan -- gruff, unapproachable, secure in his knowledge of the world -- 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 when he takes a job at a newspaper: the newsroom where working-class reporters find class struggle at the heart of every issue, the 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 headstrong daughter of a renowned psychiatrist with a frightful past in World War II. Tragedy strikes her family, and the revelation of secrets calls into question everything Wilson once believed.
From a distinguished chronicler of American social history and the political world, An Unfinished Season is a brilliant exploration of culture, politics, and the individual conscience.
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Review: An Unfinished SeasonUser Review - Zaahir - Goodreads
An Unfinished Season by Ward Just is an realistic fiction about a boy. He talks about his life. He talks about the winter his father died. Also, travels through out his life and close friends. He goes ... Read full review
Review: An Unfinished SeasonUser Review - Christopher Bauer - Goodreads
Story of a an adolecent making his way to adulthood. The book revolves much around his relationship with his father, scenes which we touch on only momentarily but that have a lasting effect of imparting great sense of understanding in life. Read full review
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