Just found out I am going to be using John Knowles A Separate Peace as a lit circle novel starting next month. I love the book so I'm looking forward to it, but I've confused myself on the timeline the book covers when I reread it with teacher eyes to get ready for lesson planning. :help: The book starts in the summer session of '42 and the students are described as not quite upper-middlers so that would put them in the summer session between their sophomore and junior years, right? But they are the class of '43... Now I'm confused. How are they sophomores in the summer of '42 and they graduate in '43? Do they graduate after a second summer session in '43 and the two summer sessions eliminated them actually attending another year? Is that a normal prep school thing if so? Or was it a war thing? That's the only guess I've been able to come up with, but maybe I'm just missing it completely. Keep thinking it should be clear, but I can't seem to figure it out in the text. I have googled like mad and cannot find a timeline for the novel to demystify this for me. Lots of other nice resources, but no timeline. Much appreciated if someone knows this and could clue me in! Thanks for reading.