What I Was: A Novel

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Penguin, Jan 24, 2008 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Finn was a beautiful orphan. H was a prep school misfit. On a September afternoon many years ago they met on a beach on the coast of England, near the ancient fisherman’s hut Finn was squatting in with his woodstove, a case of books, a striped blanket and a cat. H insinuates his way into Finn’s life—his blazing wood fires and fishing expeditions. Their friendship deepens, offering H the freedom and human connection that has always eluded him. But all too soon the idyll of their relationship is shaken by a heart-wrenching scandal.

What I Was is the unforgettable story of H at the end of his life looking back on this friendship, which has shaped and obsessed him for nearly a century.
 

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User Review  - Mike Fishback - Goodreads

The narrator (we never learn his name) is a British teenager who is at his third boarding school, having been kicked out of his first two. While on a school trip into town, he wanders away from the ... Read full review

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A Melancholy Separate Go-Between It's hard not to think of John Knowles's classic "A Separate Peace", or even more, LP Hartley's "The Go-Between", while reading this book. That's fine. Melancholy ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT I WAS
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYFOUR
TWENTYFIVE

EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
TWENTYSIX
TWENTYSEVEN
TWENTYEIGHT
TWENTYNINE
THIRTY
THIRTYONE
THIRTYTWO
THIRTYTHREE
THIRTYFOUR
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, USA. She has worked in publishing, public relations and most recently advertising, but thinks the best job in the world would be head gardener for Regents Park. Meg lives in Highbury, North London. She is the author of Just in Case, What I Was and How I Live Now.

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