. Basking in the glow of one another, they set up house together in London. And soon, inevitably, they are lovers. As he turns over his only story in his mind, examining it from different vantage points, he finds himself confronted with the contradictions and slips of his own memory—and the ways in which our narratives and our lives shape one another.
The Only Story: A novel - One of the best books of the year: san Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times Most of us have only one story to tell. There he’s partnered with susan macleod, witty, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is a warm companion, her bond with Paul immediate.
Only one that matters, only one finally worth telling.
The Sense of an Ending Borzoi BooksVintage - Winner of the 2011 man booker prizeby an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. Tony webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
The Sense of an Ending Borzoi Books - This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Levels of Life Vintage InternationalVintage - One of the judges who awarded Barnes the 2011 Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart. This book confirms that opinion. Julian barnes, author of the man booker prize–winning novel the sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss—making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief.
Levels of life is a book about ballooning, love and loss; about putting two things, together, and two people, photography, and about tearing them apart. Spare and beautiful. A book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing. Ruth scurr, the times of london“A remarkable narrative that is as raw in its emotion as it is characteristically elegant in its execution.
Levels of Life Vintage International - Eileen battersby, The Irish TimesThis ebook edition includes a reading group guide. .
Late in the Day: A NovelHarper - Thirty years later, alex and christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, grounded spirit, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, was the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose.
With each new book by tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive. Ron charles, washington postnew york times book review editors' choice |a parnassus first editions Club Pick | Powell’s Indispensable Book Club Pick The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in the latest from Tessa Hadley, the acclaimed novelist and short story master who “recruits admirers with each book” Hilary Mantel.
Alexandr and christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness.
Late in the Day: A Novel - Late in the day explores the complex webs at the center of our most intimate relationships, to expose how, beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives, lie infinite alternate configurations. Ingeniously moving between past and present and through the intricacies of her characters’ thoughts and interactions, Tessa Hadley once again “crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural” Washington Post.
The Noise of Time: A novelVintage - Barnes elegantly guides us through the trajectory of Shostakovich’s career, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. In 1936, just thirty, Shostakovich, fears for his livelihood and his life. Now, various women and wives, shostakovich reflects on his predicament, certain he will be exiled to Siberia or, more likely, executed on the spot, his personal history, his parents, his children—and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate.
Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, forced into joining the Party and compelled, constantly, for decades to come he will be held fast under the thumb of despotism: made to represent Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York City, to weigh appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music.
The Noise of Time: A novel - A compact masterpiece dedicated to the russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich: Julian Barnes’s first novel since his best-selling, Man Booker Prize–winning The Sense of an Ending. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant exploration of the meaning of art and its place in society.
Milkman: A NovelGraywolf Press - So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting, ” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique. The guardianin an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.
. Winner of the man Booker Prize“Everything about this novel rings true. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. She reads while walking, for one. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive.
Milkman: A Novel - Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers.
Asymmetry: A NovelSimon & Schuster - Lisa halliday’s novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. By contrast, “madness” is narrated by amar, an iraqi-american man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow.
A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. The first section, “folly, a young american editor, ” tells the story of Alice, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer.
These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A time and new york times top 10 book of the year * new york times notable book and times critic’s top book of 2018 named one of the best books of 2018 by * elle * bustle * kirkus reviews * lit hub* npr * o, the oprah magazine * Shelf Awareness The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker.
Asymmetry: A Novel - Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, geography, power, wealth, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, talent, fame, and justice. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, asymmetry is “a transgressive roman a clef, and a politically engaged work of metafiction” The New York Times Book Review, a novel of ideas, and a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word” The Atlantic.
Transcription: A NovelLittle, Brown and Company - A dramatic story of wwii espionage, and loyalty, betrayal, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After LifeIn 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of mi5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.
A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past.
Transcription: A Novel - But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy.
Arthur and GeorgeVintage - Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected. In arthur & george, julian barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet.
. As boys, george, and arthur, the son of a midlands vicar, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire.
Warlight: A novelVintage - They suspect he might be a criminal, determined now to protect, in some way, all of whom seem, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, and educate in rather unusual ways Rachel and Nathaniel.
National best sellerfrom the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.
Warlight: A novel - In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after world war ii, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth.
But are they really what and who they claim to be? and what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, and it is this journey--through facts, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
The Great BelieversViking - Shortlisted for the national book award a new york times selection for best 10 books of the yeara washington post notable book a pick for the new york public library's 2018 best booksthe perfect holiday gift for reADERS“A page turner. An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.
While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult.
The new york times book review a dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, Yale Tishman, is about to pull off an amazing coup, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, by the acclaimed author Rebecca MakkaiIn 1985, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery.
The Great Believers - One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.
Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him.