A boy on scholarship at a prep school desperately wants to win one of the coveted prizes of sitting with a visiting writer. To do this, he must compose a story or poem that rises above those of his classmates. Throughout the novel, our narrator judges his competitors, exposing weaknesses and potential; however, his inability to come to terms with his own roots keep him from writing something truly heartfelt and extraordinary and thus keep him from winning the audience with the famous writers he so desperately seeks. At the end of the term, he is determined to win the last and best guest, legendary Ernest Hemingway. In drafting his final submission, the narrator finds a voice in the experiences of someone else, so identifying with their prose that he adopts it as his own. Well-written, subtle. Highly recommended.
This book is great. It is a classic book with a little bit of old english that might be a little confusing but overall it is a wonderful book.