William Maxwell, the Folded Leaf
Lymie Peters is thin, inept at sports, and a good student. Charles “Spud” Latham is intellectually an average student, but good at sports and a particularly proficient boxer. The two meet as high school students in Chicago in October 1923. Both go to college, and both fall in love with the same girl. Lymie apologizes to Spud for coming between him and the woman he loves and tries to commit suicide with a straight-edged razor.