The coming-of-age novel is fairly standard fare in literary circles. In the hands of Ward Just, one of America's most accomplished writers, RODIN'S DEBUTANTE is more than a simple tale of growing and maturing. It's a masterful portrayal of America's heartland from the Roaring Twenties to the tumultuous '60s.
Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Just began his career as a journalist in Waukegan, Illinois. He chose the locale of his youth for his latest novel about Lee Goodell, the son of a conservative Midwest judge who chooses the life of an artist over the traditional family career of the law.