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THE ONLY STORY (Julian Barnes)

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ISBN: 9780525521211
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Published: Knopf - April 17th, 2018

Barnes has crafted a beautifully honest and introspective novel about the decade-long love affair between Susan, middle aged and married, and nineteen years old Paul. The two meet at an exclusive tennis club outside of London and soon become inseparable. It is the 1960s, and their barely concealed romance causes embarrassment for their families and censure from their community. Barnes writes with real depth of feeling about the experience of falling in love and its heedless, self-centered sense of excitement. But even more heartfelt is Barnes’ depiction of love’s disintegration as Paul finds himself powerless to stop Susan from destroying herself and at the same time sabotaging the intimate physical and emotional bonds that they share. A luminous exploration of the tenuous phases of love and life.