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“I love stories about friendship, particularly those in which friendship is recalled under a nostalgic haze...I found the whole thing quite lovely...Stuart knows how to cut the pathos with some sharp wit.”—Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company for National Public RadioWhen Arthur McDougal is kicked out of Manhattan’s toniest boys’ school, his parents ship him off to the on“I love stories about friendship, particularly those in which friendship is recalled under a nostalgic haze...I found the whole thing quite lovely...Stuart knows how to cut the pathos with some sharp wit.”—Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company for National Public RadioWhen Arthur McDougal is kicked out of Manhattan’s toniest boys’ school, his parents ship him off to the only place that will take him in—the Christian Science–inflected Spooner School. There, in the woods of Connecticut, Arthur meets Katrina Felt, the charming, troubled daughter of a Hollywood movie star. As Arthur struggles with his sexuality and Katrina’s beauty and talent land her in a Broadway musical, the two forge a tender friendship. But while Arthur’s confidence grows, Katrina is pulled down by the heartbreaking secrets and sorrows of her past. By year’s end, their lives will be changed forever, and their friendship will be over. Set in the late 1960s, The Hour Between is a compelling portrait of a time and place, replete with drugs, sex, Andy Warhol, a cast of truly memorable secondary characters, and some of the sharpest and funniest dialogue in recent memory.Sebastian Stuart has written novels, plays, and screenplays. His last novel was ghostwritten (with acknowledgment): Charm! by Kendall Hart, a character on the soap opera All My Children. Charm! spent five weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. A native New Yorker, Stuart now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with novelist Stephen McCauley....

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ISBN : 9781593501266
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Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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The Hour Between Reviews

  • Mary
    2019-04-11 21:31

    As Seneca the Younger once said, "There's nothing new under the sun", and The Hour Between does not challenge that assertion. Predictable, somewhat juvenile, and two-dimensional, it is the story of two "misfits" who become instant best friends at a rather preposterous boarding school in rural Connecticutt in 1967. One of the reviews on Amazon gushingly referred to the male protagonist, Arthur MacDougal, as the new Holden Caulfield, a comparison with which I not only strongly disagree but am insulted by on behalf of Catcher In The Rye fans everywhere. Holden Caulfield made a true journey, both physically and spiritually; Arthur MacDougal goes meekly along with the status quo, his one shining moment of "rebellion" being when he finally confesses to his parents that he is gay (no spoiler here,his sexual orientation is established within the first two or three pages of the first chapter, and over and over again ad infinitum after that). His parents' reaction is--wait, what reaction? A thread that goes nowhere.Author Anita Shreve mentioned Breakfast at Tiffanys in her review--another stretch of the imagination. The main female character, Katrina Felt, is a feeble yet overblown Holiday Golightly wanna-be who doesn't inspire much beyond incredulity and impatience. At one point, apropos of absolutely nothing as far as I can tell, she adopts a kitten (just as Holly Golightly took in a stray cat) but this particular plot device also goes nowhere except to awkwardly hint at Katrina's wholly unsurprising deep dark secret. This novel is one of NPR's "independent bookseller recommendations" so I had high hopes, especially as the very next book on the list is Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (marvelous!), but, alas, I closed the book this afternoon with relief and an overwhelming feeling of...."meh".

  • David
    2019-04-06 19:34

    A coming of age story that is well written and rife with all the usuals: class guilt/anxiety, celebrity, counterculture experimentation, suicide, alcoholism, etc. Stuart's novel is a great story and a fun read but it lacks that extra something that makes it truly great! Definetly worth a read, but borrow it from someone before you buy it.

  • Joe Barker
    2019-04-19 17:44

    I don’t usually like to review books right away, the emotions are too raw, and the situation may be caught up in my last emotion instead of my overall emotion. However, this novel didn’t inspire any overall emotion. For the majority of the story there was little emotional reaction to anything. It was one of those ‘good books but ehh take it or leave it.’ Then, it was so much more than that.Authors are in the habit of encouraging idealized, romanticized, or demonized version of situations. When in reality, love is romantic enough, people are more fun not idealized, and our behaviors can be more demonic than our imaginations. This book reflects that. Pain and Love in their purest and least romanticized versions, and the way they follow Arthur around his Connecticut boarding school in the late 60’s.The characters were perfect. Attention was given where the character focused, not with extra detail given to characters he wasn’t focused on. His new found best friend Katrina is the daughter of a famous actress, and you learn so much about Katrina…and so very little. The Hour Between takes a snap shot of the period between innocence and guilt, between childhood and adulthood, between freedom and responsibility. It takes all of those spaces and plays Russian roulette with the lives of the people playing the game.The school is a beautiful idea where “Christian science” runs the room. This translates to very little structure, very high encouragement, and free form classrooms and campus. There is sex, drugs, mystery, love, romance, and fun. There is also pain, sobriety, suffering, lies, truths, and all the other blatantly real things that make the world terrible and beautiful.It seems to be one of those books that you want to ignore, one that takes reality and shoves in your face. There is enough surrealism that the story seems almost improbable, but oh so possible. The ending isn’t neat. It isn’t even particularly happy. Yet, it is powerful, and in a world where we can lose power so easily, that’s worth it.

  • Gene
    2019-03-30 19:46

    An entertaining, very well-written boarding school, gay coming-of-age story, which perhaps leans on too many of its reference sources too solidly. I kept wondering if I'd read the book before, so strong was my occasional sense of déjà vu. There's some Salinger in the plot, some Leavitt and Cunningham and White and Fitzgerald and Isherwood . . . and weirdly, it reminded me a lot of Lev Grossman's The Magicians without the magic. And Rowling, too! But these are not bad forbears; they should inform this novel, but perhaps not so potently. That said, I enjoyed reading The Hour Between very much. The language is supple and clear, the characters are believable and witty, and the setting is lovely. I loved the Liza/Zelda character enough, even though the manic pixie is overplayed, as is the reticent uptight young gay, Arthur, who is the narrator/outsider, who was also likable in his own way, if familiar.Arthur's infatuation and adventures with a classmate jock had some real heat, but the climactic sex scene was unfortunately elided. Even after writing this, I'm still wondering if I'd read this book before! I think not, though, because I hope I would have remembered being this involved in the story.

  • Flannery
    2019-04-24 21:40

    Things I liked about this book:Stuart's writing styleReading the perspective of a gay teenager (I don't know that I ever have before)The dialogue in Sophia's classThings I did not like about this book: I wanted more--more to happen in terms of conversations between Arthur and his parents about him being gay, more in terms of Arthur finding Katrina in the present (though this is selfish of me),and more in terms of growth of the characters. On that note, I know that it is natural for people to just grow apart, especially at high school age, but that does not mean that people NEVER have the conversations they need to have. This does happen some of the time. Arthur never talked to Katrina about her bad choices and her family relationships, Nicholas never tells Sapphire how he feels, Arthur and his parents never really talk about his homosexuality, etc. I suppose that it says a lot about this book that I wanted more rather than wanting it to end. Stuart wrote a humorous (at points), entertaining take on what could've been a typical "boarding school coming-of-age" novel. I read it in one afternoon.

  • Liz
    2019-03-29 16:29

    Nice read about friendship, with lots of backward glances at how much your family can screw you up. I kept waiting for the conflict – was there going to be something that happened among the friends, possibly because of Arthur’s sexuality? Was the school situation going to implode, with the friends taking sides? When it finally came, it seemed underwhelming to me, something I had seen coming for more than half the book.

  • Michael
    2019-04-05 17:51

    Beautifully written, poignant coming-of-age tale about a young man finishing high school at an exclusive boarding school during the 1960's. Arthur's life is forever changed when he meets the fabulous and troubled Katrina Felt. Sebastian Stuart draws a beautiful portrait of growing up in an era of change.

  • Trent
    2019-04-01 22:32

    This novel just won the Ferro-Grumley Award as the best LGBT fiction of 2009. I am mystified by that, since the book struck me as arch, trite, and almost completely unbelievable.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-17 20:57

    I loved getting swept into the lives of these teens, grappling to find their place in the world, or at least to make it through their last year of high school.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-24 18:37

    Easy to read and interesting reflection about American youth at a boarding school in the 1960's. The characters are troubled adolescents, growing up in wealthy families with high expectations but low levels of parental involvement.I grew to care about them and their futures.Well written.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-02 23:56

    Light story.

  • Robert
    2019-04-17 21:44

    THE HOUR BETWEEN, like all great stories, strives to be a love story, but perhaps it's more of a worship story: boy worships girl, tries to understand her, and -- and I'm going to say fails -- to communicate her story to us. We glimpse the story as he does, through venetian blinds, the staccato images being caused by his obsessions and her disappearances. Brilliantly frank, though at times too clever -- that is, I scratched my head and wondered if people really think like this -- way, way about a world I've never encountered of the wealthy and withered by bad choices they are only too happy to pass onto their neglected children. Sadly, I like the characters themselves, was never deeply moved either by their circumstances, actions, or dreams. I confess to consciously and unconsciously comparing it to CATCHER IN THE RYE and longing for it to plunge into those depths of young adult aspiration and despair, but from my POV, it never did.***WHO AM I?This book is perfect for "Who am I?" How do you play? Going with your gut at all times you say: 1) who you were in the book and 2) who you wanted to be. Then your friends get to tell you -- again from their guts -- 3) who they thought you were! Enjoy! Feel free to play with me, if you've read this book.***

  • Nicolemauerman
    2019-03-31 15:53

    The Hour Between centers around, Arthur, who is sent to a boarding school, Spooner, in Connecticut after being kicked out of his previous boarding schools. Spooner is not your typical boarding school, with kids smoking in class, doing drugs, and having sex. Here the shy, awkward Arthur develops friendships with three fellow classmates, one who is the daughter of a famous actress. The book follows Arthur through his friendship with these three classmates, mostly as he tries to help his actress classmate through her struggles. I enjoyed this book. I felt the characters were well developed and I had a strong understanding of each one. The book also reinforced the stereotypical rich kid behavior: boozing, cheating, and spending exorbitant amounts of money. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the references to past actors and movie stars. These were well before my time and it would have been helpful to have known more about these references.

  • Jurri Saddler
    2019-04-04 16:47

    Due to the rating of Sebastian Stuart's, "The Hour Between" I was a little hesitant to read it. However, after seeing a review excerpt that compared it to John Knowles' "A Separate Peace," one of my favorite books, I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. I can definitely see the comparison to Knowles book, but the difference lies in a lack of repression throughout the story. I admire that about the story. It kept my attention. The only weak spot I would say is some of the more serious subjects could have been fleshed out a bit more to make them seem more genuine. But the book is called "The Hour Between" which to me indicates just a fragment of the protagonist, Artie's life. So maybe those details had to be contrite.

  • Lauri
    2019-04-09 17:54

    my amazon review.I had gotten this book for my husband because he liked The Mentor. He is into murder-mysteries. After reading the cover I decided I should read it before I gave it to him. He will not be getting it to read, definitely not his style.As for me, I thought it was okay. I was in college in the '60s so could relate to many of the people and things going on, i.e. Andy Warhol, etc. and even the coming of age stuff. I guess I somehow just expected more and was relieved when I finally finished the book and could move on to a new book.

  • Scott
    2019-04-19 18:42

    Meh. There is nothing much to say. A poorly disguised self-indulgent autobiography about spoiled poor little rich boys and girls playing pseud hippies at a trendy boarding school in CT. Nothing much happens, not even any decent sex. The autobiographee is gay. So what? So am I. So are lots of people. A book with a few gay characters might have been really exciting fifty years ago. It won some awards. I guess there wasn't much competition.Spoiler alert: Your expectation of any actual plot will not be fulfilled.

  • Katie
    2019-04-05 23:48

    When I first started this book I honestly wasn't sure I would make it through it. It is very different from things I normally read. However, by the 3rd chapter I was hooked. The book is fantastic. It's the story of kids struggling with addictions, temptations, and feelings of abandonment as they finish their senior year at a boarding school. There is a bond created, but what will that mean for the following year? Will they be able to avoid all the temptations to make it through the year?

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-24 18:42

    Poor little rich girl...too many drugs, too much money, too many choices, too much freedom. Ever wonder what happened to her?? It's 1967 and Katrina Felt befriends Arthur McDougal just as the car drives up to The Spooner School. Artie feels sure that he's gay, just about to burst with pent up feelings and unexplored love. He thinks he knows all of Katrina's secrets as the school year wears on, but as Katrina sinks, Arthur worries more about their friendship.

  • Kay Wright
    2019-04-10 18:34

    Like the other side of "Prep" this small story of a wealthy young man shipped off to a Connecticut boarding school has just enough detail of his priviledged life to make an interesting contrast to Lee's. But it is only another coming of age story and not terribly different from many others written by gay young men. I couldn't help but see Judy Garland and Liza Minelli in the mother daughter roles so it had kind of a roman-a-clef feel without the daughter's success.

  • Elizabeth Collins
    2019-03-26 19:40

    I loved the main character, Arthur, and Mr. Spooner and the school setting. I also liked the depiction of Lenny. And while I saw the narrative purpose of Katrina, the character was completely unbelievable.what I think is that the author got totally stoned and came up with a "What if I went to school with Liza Minnelli" fantasy. And then he wrote this in like 6 weeks.HOWEVER-- I want to go to Spooner High School.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-10 21:42

    Holden Caulfield meets Girl Interrupted. A coming of age book (am I having a mid-life crisis with this genre?) set in a freethinking alternative prep school run by Christian Scientists. It's the late '60s and much in life & the world is being challenged. Four students are bound together as they navigate their last year of high school burdened by a changing world, familial and peer pressures. Couldn't help but think this was an amalgam of different stories (I really must move on!).

  • Julie
    2019-04-12 16:38

    I feel like I've read this book before, perhaps because it doesn't really offer anything new in the whole "coming of age" line. Poor little rich girl, troubled rich boys, etc... I still quite liked it.Interesting fact - Sebastian Stuart ghostwrote _Charm!_, which was a book "written" by a soap opera character (originally portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar pre-Buffy).

  • Alison
    2019-03-31 20:35

    This book reminded me a bit of Catcher in the Rye. Rich, private school kids trying to find themselves. Arthur, the main character, is the only normal one of the bunch and I was really rooting for him the whole way. Although he makes it out unscathed, the rest of the characters have predictable endings. Short and sweet, just how these types of novels should be.

  • Beth
    2019-04-14 16:49

    For some reason, I've always gotten drawn into boarding school stories. It doesn't matter if it's magicians or rich kids with troubled backgrounds, I seem to tear through the story. Unlike other books with the same general plot, the main characters in this book were very genuine. Quick read, good story.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-28 23:42

    Seventeen year old Arthur is sent to a very liberal private school and meets Katrina, the troubled daughter of a movie star. Their friendship helps Arthur's confidence, but although Katrina initially seems strong, she's got a lot of secrets and sorrow from her past. It's one of those books that I'm glad I read it, but I'm not sure if I actually would recommend it to anyone I know.

  • Jo
    2019-04-06 18:53

    A nice coming of age story. The boarding school setting at Spooner is a little unreal, but I found it funny. Arthur who is clearly the underdog in life is an endearing character who finds acceptance amoungst a group of other misfits who are the cool kids in this particular setting.

  • Jaci
    2019-04-09 17:28

    This was touted as a cross between A Separate Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Although I liked Artie (Arthur MacDougal), the main character, I was impatient with the "coming of age" story of monetarily endowed teens. Probably more a comment on me than the story.

  • Heidi Schutt
    2019-04-23 19:55

    The Hour Between: A Novel is a coming of age story about a young man who attends a boarding school in New England. There, he finds the freedom to discover friendships, family and himself. I would consider this Emerging Adult fiction.

  • Kim
    2019-04-14 19:42

    Really enjoyed this 'coming-of-age' novel as Arthur, struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality, is sent to a new boarding school in Connecticut where he meets and falls in love with Katrina Felt, the daughter of a Hollywood movie star. Great writing and characterisation.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-08 21:54

    A great coming-of-age novel set in the 60s at a boarding school in Connecticut. All the accoutrements of the era -- drugs, sex, experimentation -- were included. A total flashback to the period as seen through poor rich kids. The ending left an opening for a sequel,