A Separate Peace is a novel by John Knowles that was first published 1959. This coming-of-age story explores the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood, with the conflicts and horrors of World War II lurking symbolically in the background, encroaching on the illusory “separate peace” of Gene Forrester's life at the Devon School in New Hampshire.


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