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[V]ivid and illuminating, astonishing in its range and toughness, and simultaneously an expression of love and regret for all that has been lost.
Antanas Sileika, author of Underground and Woman in Bronze and Director of the Humber School for Writers
“The Purchase is an epic novel in every way that matters – in scope, depth, and heart.”
Jury Citation, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary–wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel …
Katherine Govier, Time
My theory is that hope is a form of madness. A benevolent one, sure, but madness all the same. Like an irrational superstition–broken mirrors and so forth…
We entered [Obama’s] private study, its desk piled high with novels— on top is Julian Barnes’ The Sense of An Ending.
It’s simply baffling to me that such a book – that this book – appears on none of the major short lists this fall. It’s more than an oversight; it’s a crying shame.”
The Globe and Mail
Bergen’s best writing evokes the absence of what has been lost and, even more terribly, what is not there to be found.
We are formed by what we desire. In less than a minute of excited, secretive longing, I desired to become a writer and to have sex with Miss Frost—not necessarily in that order.
[K]eeps repeating with quiet conviction that the human condition can, in spite of everything, be joyful. You are not alone, it says to the reader I understand you. I was there. I remember.
Of course there’s something there; unfortunately, there’s always something ‘there.’ Something you will one day be sorry you saw.
“This haunting, slender novel is a kind of tiny Rosetta Stone to Toni Morrison’s entire oeuvre….”
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
We Want What You Have.
A filigree of quests for loves that never were, of passions cut short and of romances that are about to be. I was heartbroken when the dense, dark tapestry was finished.
The Independent (UK)
The mind abhors a vacancy and is wont to people it with phantoms.
Repeatedly, Barnes reveals his ability to make the familiar look unfamiliar, holding pieces of writing up to the light and slowly turning them until they start to glint…