An exhilarating, multi-layered narrative that explores love, loss and what makes us human, from the bestselling author of A Week in December and Birdsong
Terrified, a young man in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself hitting a perfect six; across the courtyard in a workhouse, a father is too ashamed to acknowledge his son; a skinny, awkward girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and sings four songs that send shivers through the teeth and skull . . .
Through naivety, desperation or desire, soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of some kind of connection, some key to understanding what it is that makes us the people we become.
Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks' dazzling novel journeys across continents and time exploring the chaos created by love, grief and divided loyalties. And however alone we might feel or seem, the ways in which memories and experience echo through history illustrate our shared humanity.
About the Author
Sebastian Faulks was born and brought up in Newbury, Berkshire. He worked in journalism before starting to write books. He is best known for the French trilogy, The Girl At The Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) and is also the author of a triple biography, The Fatal Englishman (1996); a small book of literary parodies, Pistache (2006); and the novels Human Traces (2005) and Engleby (2007). He lives in London with his wife and their three children.
In form and scope, Sebastian Faulks's new novel is an unexpected delight ... There's little sense of Faulks overreaching with heavily researched detail ... you trust the narrative whether it is set in a workhouse or a death camp or a recording studio ... It's rare to see an established writer broaden his range. A tightly written, moving and exciting work of fiction that deserves success, it should thrill established readers as well as win new fans. If you think you know Faulks - or even (and especially) if you haven't enjoyed his previous novels - it's time to look again. Telegraph Like the albums that Jack and Anya agonise over, A Possible Life is more than the sum of its parts ... the stories acquire power as resonances between them accrete. Only at the end do you realise you've been won over by their quiet, glinting virtuosity The Times An investigation into the nature of shared human experience ... it does what any good novel should - it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are Sunday Times These stories are delicate, persuasive expressions of one of the melancholies of ageing - the sorry realisation that your life has after all not been as distinctive as it felt at the time, a realisation perhaps best met by the hope that the very communality of life can yet be treasured. Evening Standard Critics often underestimate Faulks's versatility: his protean restlessness, half disguised by mainstream bestsellerdom ... All these 'possible' lives, as they echo and overlap like Anya's own motifs, add up (I suspect) to a portrait of the artist as he approaches 60 Independent
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st September 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.456