The truth is, as a character in this provocative new collection puts it, "passionate, beautiful, and hideous, it can make you happy and it can torture you, and it's always liberating."
In "After the Season", a man of humble means falls quickly in love with a woman belonging to a much elevated financial status and wrestles with his feelings and his beliefs about the rich. A son takes his distant father to a Bach festival in "Johann Sebastian Bach on Ruegen" only to learn that perhaps he was the one who was never really present in their relationship. And in "The Night in Baden-Baden" a man who's caught in a lie changes his ways - by sleeping with another woman only after being accused.
"A thoughtful, stimulating collection." (Kirkus Reviews)
"...eloquent and profound...top-notch collection from Schlink." (Publishers Weekly)
"...powerful and deeply moving meditations on family life, love and duty. As in The Reader, Schlink and his spare, unassuming prose mask big artistic ambitions - he's trying to untangle the complicated, contradictory ways Germans of his time have defined success and happiness." (L.A. Times)
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Great novella-length fiction from a great author
- P. Carson