By William Maxwell
Goodreads quote: within the suburbs of Chicago within the Nineteen Twenties, boys start up an strange friendship: Lymie Peters, a thin and slightly clumsy boy who constantly will get strong grades, and newcomer Spud Latham, a celeb athlete and mediocre scholar. Spud accepts Lymie’s devotion with out wondering it, yet as soon as highschool ends and the lads input university, tensions start to come up among them. Lymie is the 1st to fulfill Sally Forbes, yet she's going to fall in love with Spud, and this may mark the start of the rift among them. yet this rupture may be greater than Lymie can undergo. William Maxwell offers the reader with a relocating portrayal of early life and the shift from adolescence into adulthood.
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Then the future asserted itself over the past and there were more apartment buildings with vacant lots between them, more signs, more weeds growing up through unfinished foundations. A big Irish woman in a black coat came toward Spud on the wrong side of the walk. She was feeling the effects of liquor and self-pity, and the least people could do, it seemed to her, was to get out of her way. Spud came straight on. At the very last moment her truculence turned to panic and she stepped off the sidewalk.
No, that was what his mother said. 47 Sleep well, she said. He flexed his fingers, sighed, and was almost gone when he remembered something. The splashing and the shouting in the pool. But that wasn't it. It wasn't while they were playing water polo, it was afterward. It was that skinny kid who. . BOOK TWO Partly Pride and Partly Envy 12 OF THE many ways of knowing people, the eye's appraisal is surely the most complete; but Spud Latham's eyes, which saw only enemies, would never have perceived that the boy ahead of him was not like the others.
Milton Kirshman was bouncing a rubber ball against the side wall of the building. The others were in a cluster about Gene Halloway's new 31 bicycle. They nodded at Lymie, as he went by. The bicycle was painted red and silver and had an electric headlight on it which wouldn't light. A slight wind blew the leaves westward along the sidewalk, and there were clouds coming up over the lake. The Alcazar Restaurant was on Sheridan Road near Devon Avenue. It was long and narrow, with tables for two along the walls and tables for four down the middle.
The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell