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The Class

A Memoir of a Place, a Time, and Us

by (author) Ken Dryden

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Social History, Post-Confederation (1867-), Personal Memoirs
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From bestselling author Ken Dryden, a riveting new book.

On Tuesday, September 6, 1960, the day after Labour Day, class 9G at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in a suburb of Toronto assembled for the first time. Its thirty-five students, having written special exams, came to be known as the “Selected Class.”

They would stay together through high school, with few exceptions. They would spend more than two hundred days a year together. Few had known each other before. Few have been in other than accidental contact in all the decades since.

Their ancestors were almost all from working-class backgrounds. Their parents had lived their formative years through depression and war. They themselves were born into a postwar world of new homes, new schools, new churches. New suburbs. Of new classes like this one. Of boundless possibilities.

When almost anything seems within reach, what do we reach for?

Ken Dryden was one of these thirty-five. In his varied, improbable life, he had wondered often how he had gotten from there to here. How any of us do. He decided to try and find his classmates, to see how they are, what they are doing, how life has been for them. They talked many long hours, in a way they had never talked before. Most had married, some divorced, most have kids, many have grandkids.

This is the story of a place, a time, and so much more.

About the author

Ken Dryden is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is widely recognized as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. During Dryden’s eight seasons in goal, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup six times, and Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy, Calder Cup and Vezina trophy six times. A graduate of Cornell University and, in law, McGill University, he is the author of three other books, Home Game, The Moved and the Shaken and In School. Ken served as a member of parliament, including as a cabinet minister, and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews


“Contemplative, thoughtful and revealing.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Vivid [and] punchy. . . . Brief as these sketches were, these people lived for me.”
Literary Review of Canada

The Class is more than just a ‘where are they now?’ book of fond memories and reminiscences. Ken Dryden writes with a great deal of intelligence, introspection, and humanity to discover how a core group of high school students from an elite education program made the human journey from there to here during an exciting, turbulent time in modern Canadian history.”
Montreal Times

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