Biography

Ward Just

Ward Just's 17 previous novels include EXILES IN THE GARDEN, FORGETFULNESS, the National Book Award finalist ECHO HOUSE, A DANGEROUS FRIEND, winner of the Cooper Prize for fiction from the Society of American Historians, and AN UNFINISHED SEASON, winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award and a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.

Ward Just

Books by Ward Just

by Ward Just - Historical Fiction

Ned Ayres, the son of a judge in mid-century America, has never wanted anything but a newspaper career. The defining moment comes early, when Ned is city editor of his hometown paper. One of his beat reporters fields a tip: William Grant, the town haberdasher, once served six years in Joliet. The story runs, and Ned offers no resistance to his publisher's argument that the public has a right to know. The consequences, swift and shocking, haunt him throughout a long career, as he moves first to Chicago, where he engages in a spirited love affair that cannot, in the end, compete with the pull of the newsroom and the “subtle beauty” of the front page.

by Ward Just - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Harry Sanders is a young foreign service officer in 1960s Indochina when a dangerous and clandestine meeting with insurgents --- and a brief but passionate encounter with Sieglinde, a young German woman --- alters the course of his life. He marries the captivating May, who is fleeing her own family disappointments. On the surface, they are a handsome, successful couple --- but the memory of Sieglinde persists in Harry’s thoughts, and May has her own secrets.

by Ward Just - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tommy Ogden declines to give his wife the money to commission a bust of herself from the French master Auguste Rodin, and instead announces his intention to endow a boys’ school. His decision reverberates years later in the life of Lee Goodell, whose coming of age is at the heart of Ward Just’s novel.