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The New York Times has called Alan Lightman “highly original and imaginative.” Each of his novels is a new exploration of that imagination, utterly unlike the others. Einstein’s Dreams, an international best-seller, was a whimsical and provocative tone poem about time. The Diagnosis, hailed by the Washington Post as a “major accomplishment” and a finalist for the National Book Award, was a disturbing examination of our obsession with speed, information, and money, and the resulting poverty of our spiritual lives. Lightman’s new novel, Reunion, is a delicate and haunting story of how we shape our identity through memory.

Charles is a middle-aged professor at a minor liberal-arts college, a once promising poet, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Without knowing why, he decides to attend his thirtieth college reunion. And there, he magically witnesses a replay of his senior year.

Drawn back into his memories, Charles watches his tender and romantic twenty-two-year-old self embark on an all-consuming love affair with a beautiful dancer. As the two young people struggle to find themselves amidst the social and political chaos of the late 1960s, the older Charles recalls contradictory versions of his past, ultimately confronting for the second time a series of devastating events that would forever change his life.

Written with crystalline prose, at once precise and mysterious, Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the clay-like nature of memory, and the impossible hopefulness of youth.

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The author of Einstein's Dreams tenderly traces the thirty-year-old love affair between Charles, now a fifty-two-year-old professor, as a twenty-two-year-old student, with a beautiful young dancer, set against the turbulent social and political upheaval of the 1960s. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Charles, a once-promising poet, is a professor at a minor liberal arts college, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Now living a desperately comfortable existence, he decides to return to his thirtieth college reunion. While there, he relives an intense love affair he had with a beautiful ballerina that forever changed his life. At times shocked, admiring, and furious with his younger self, Charles remembers contradictory versions of events, until reality and identity dissolve into a haze of illusion. Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the clay-like nature of memory, and the fatal power of first love.

About the Author

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include three novels, Einstein’s Dreams, Good Benito, and The Diagnosis; a collection of essays and fables, Dance for Two; and several books on science. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307427489
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Psychological
Author:
Lightman, Alan
Author:
Lightman Alan
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20041109
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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Product details 240 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307427489 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Einstein's Dreams tenderly traces the thirty-year-old love affair between Charles, now a fifty-two-year-old professor, as a twenty-two-year-old student, with a beautiful young dancer, set against the turbulent social and political upheaval of the 1960s. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Charles, a once-promising poet, is a professor at a minor liberal arts college, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Now living a desperately comfortable existence, he decides to return to his thirtieth college reunion. While there, he relives an intense love affair he had with a beautiful ballerina that forever changed his life. At times shocked, admiring, and furious with his younger self, Charles remembers contradictory versions of events, until reality and identity dissolve into a haze of illusion. Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the clay-like nature of memory, and the fatal power of first love.
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