Help me remember a book I just read...
August 28, 2023 6:12 PM   Subscribe

I read this book within the past two weeks. Can you identify it from my description of part of the plot?

The narrator is a young man from (I think) a small town outside of Portland, Oregon. He goes to a boarding school in the East. He's befriended on the first day by a hick from the Midwest. He's manipulative and wants to be friends with the rich kids. He ends up being roommates with the hick. He tries to cultivate a friendship with a rich kid. The hick gets kicked out for smoking.
It may have been a book or a short story. I read too much, I can't remember what this was and it's driving me nuts. Thanks!
posted by Joan Rivers of Babylon to Writing & Language (4 answers total)
It's been years since I read it but it's not "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt is it? (On edit and reading the Wikipedia plot synopsis I really don't think so. Sorry!)
posted by kbanas at 6:14 PM on August 28

Was it the short story "Smokers" by Tobias Wolff?
posted by redfoxtail at 7:06 PM on August 28 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Bingo, thank you redfoxtail!
posted by Joan Rivers of Babylon at 7:09 PM on August 28 [1 favorite]

posted by redfoxtail at 7:10 PM on August 28

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