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Meritocracy by Jeffrey Lewis


Meritocracy by Jeffrey Lewis
Sep 17, 2005 | 168 Pages
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    Sep 17, 2005 | 168 Pages

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Elizabeth Hardwick

“Meritocracy is a dramatic, riveting novel of our times.”

Meritocracy: A Love Story is the story of a generation when it was young, caught at the moment when history arrived to exact a tragic and inevitable price. It is the end of the summer of 1966 and a small group of friends, recent Yale graduates, gather in a Maine summer cottage to say good-bye to one of their own, who is about to leave for Vietnam. Meritocracy is a book for all those of the postwar generation who have mourned the loss of their true “best and brightest,” and who regret how the life of their nation, so brightly and hopefully imagined by themselves when they were young, and now entrusted to their care, has come to be diminished.

Publisher’s Weekly

“A paean to lost youth and hopes.”

The Portland Phoenix
“A smart and heartfelt trip…Endow[s] the figure of Harry Nolan with the weight of a generation’s regret.”

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

“A beautiful book: evocative and immeasurably sad.”

Robert Ward, Author of Red Baker

“Shot through with high intelligence and deep feeling, the novel perfectly balances its several tones—lyrical, ironic, and sweet, against the foreboding gravity of the Viet-Nam War. A book that delivers both intellectually and emotionally, Meritocracy is a wise and moving debut.”

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