||Astra Dell, a popular student at an all-girls prep school in Manhattan, misses out on most of her senior year when she contracts a rare form of cancer. Astra's friends and family reveal themselves by their wildly divergent reactions to her absence and her illness. While most of Astra's best friends conspicuously refuse to visit her, focusing instead on their own angst-ridden agendas of bulimia and college applications, peripheral acquaintances emerge as her most consistent companions. When Christine Schutt wrote the book, she was a teacher at a school much like the one she describes, and her insights into the conflicting complexities of the girls' issues resonate with truth. ALL SOULS was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
||As Astra Dell, a senior suffering from cancer, fights for her life in the hospital, her privileged classmates at Siddons, a posh private school in New York City, struggle with their own concerns over boys, exams, dance recitals, college applications . . . and Astra Dell. By the author of the critically acclaimed Florida. Reprint.
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||In 1997, at the distinguished Siddons School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the school year opens with distressing news: Astra Dell is suffering from a rare disease. Astra’s friends try to reconcile the girl’s suffering with their own fierce longings and impetuous attachments. Car writes unsparing letters, which the dirty Marlene, in her devotion, then steals. Other classmates carry on: the silly team of Suki and Alex pursue Will Bliss while the subversive Lisa Van de Ven makes dates with MissWilkes. The world of private schools and privilege in New York City is funny, poignant, and cruel, and at its heart is the stricken Astra Dell, "that pale girl from the senior class, the dancer with all the hair, the red hair, knotted or braided or let to fall to her waist, a fever and she consumed." National Book Award finalist Christine Schutt has created a wickedly original tale of innocence, daring, and illness.