At thirty, men are supposed to have outgrown their unrequited loves. But Sam Simon, who came of age at what was once one of the most distinguished girls' boarding schools in the country, can't seem to forget that time and that place and those girls. Row upon boyless rowk shoulder to soft shoulder, wall to glorious wall-girls, dozens of girls, hundreds of girls, like hosts of angels and archangels. He knows he's suppose to barely remember their names, let alone their birthdays and bra sizes and the way they looked and smelled on September school nights two decades ago. But he can't seem to forget any of it, especially the legendary Mansfield sisters: Berry, every boy's dream, the most beautiful girl in the school, the girl against whom Sam will measure all those who come after, and Emma, the sensual, artistic younger sister who suspects that every boy, including Sam, will fall for Berry.
Here, taking us back to an American Eden, is a nostalgic lightly stirical portrait of a vanishing breed-the last of Miss Little's girls-told by the first of Miss Little's boys. David Michaelis's first novel, which captures adolescence in all its innocence, awkwardness, and poignancy, could become for the 1990s what A Seperate Peace was for an earlier age.