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by Julian Barnes
"Concisely written but astonishingly deep, Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winner is a literary novel masquerading as a detective story. Stuffed with beautiful meditations on aging and carried on the spine of an unputdownable plot, The Sense of an Ending is an absolute must read. "
Paperback: 163 pages
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.