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Matters of Honor by Louis Begley
Matters of Honor is narrated by Sam Standish, beginning with his entrance at Harvard in the 1950s. Sam comes from a disreputable side of a wealthy Massachusetts family and is eager to put distance between him and his adoptive parents. He shares a room with Archie, an army brat, and Henry White, a Jewish boy who survived World War II in Poland by hiding with his mother. Harvard was a place of station and privilege, and despite their best efforts, none of the boys fit in well. Henry, in particular, wanted to assimilate and win the heart of a high-society girl, but he can't escape his background. Sam becomes a novelist and Henry becomes a lawyer, and their family dramas and difficulties follow them into adulthood. Louis Begley's novel has received mixed reviews with BookReporter.com saying, "Like all satisfying social novels, Matters of Honor allows the reader a deep look into the world it examines. We may not always like what we see, but we can't deny that what's been revealed has the solid feel of truth."