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Old School by Tobias Wolff
Old School is set an eastern prep school in the early 1960s. It's a school where literature is prized above all else, and the students each write a story or poem that will be judged and allow them a personal visit from a famous writer. The unnamed narrator, used to telling stories to hide his own past, strives to find what it takes to be a successful writer, and win the competition to meet the visiting writers, Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and finally Ernest Hemingway. He desperately wants to meet Hemingway, and this obsession might prove his eventual undoing. Tobias Wolff, famous for his short stories and memoirs, delivers a novel meeting with high praise from most reviewers. The LA Weekly says, "Billed as a novel - a very eagerly awaited one, what's more -- Old School exudes memoirness from every pore. Then, about halfway through, you realize that it's turning, subtly and gradually, into the great novel it was always intended to be."