Rodin's Debutante Don't be misled by the title; this engaging coming-of-age tale has little to do with either Auguste Rodin or a debutante. Instead it begins early… Rodin's Debutante Don't be misled by the title; this engaging coming-of-age tale has little to do with either Auguste Rodin or a debutante. Instead it begins early… 2011-03-01 Fiction Historical Fiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

Rodin's Debutante (2011)

Ward Just, Rodin's Debutante
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2011; Writer: Ward Just; Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Don't be misled by the title; this engaging coming-of-age tale has little to do with either Auguste Rodin or a debutante. Instead it begins early in the 20th century with Tommy Ogden, a rich, enigmatic Chicagoan who drunkenly decides one day to endow a boys' prep school. Flash forward a few decades to Lee Goodell, who attends Ogden Hall School for Boys and privately wants to become a sculptor. We follow his life, witnessing the two acts of violence that change him. Rodin's Debutante is a surprising story, never going where you expect it to, and Just's spare prose packs a solid emotional punch. A-
Originally posted Feb 16, 2011 Published in issue #1143 Feb 25, 2011 Order article reprints
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