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A Memory of Warby Frederick Busch
Synopses & Reviews
Psychologist Alexander Lescziak savors a life of quiet sophistication on Manhattan's Upper West Side, when a new patient declares he is the doctor's half-brother, the product of a union between Lescziak's Jewish mother and a German prisoner-of-war. Suddenly Lescziak finds his world closing in on him, as events acquire new significance: his failed marriage, his wife's possible affair with his best friend, and the disappearance of his young lover, who also happens to be his suicidal patient. In search of answers, Lescziak delves into the recesses of his own mind, when the past threatens to press in inexorably upon the present.
"[A] powerful new novel....
"[P]owerfully developed....Busch at his best: nobody does it better." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Exquisite prose, at once delicate and muscular. This deeply felt novel adroitly juxtaposes the intellectual, the emotional, and the sensual. Probing questions of who we are merge seamlessly with the tumult of emotional upheaval and the sensation of flesh caressing flesh." Chicago Tribune
"Irresistible....A novel of startling psychological intensity that explores the rewriting of history, or the imagining of it....It's to Busch's credit that he's able to turn his kaleidoscope with such graceful, tantalizing precision; as Alex's search for morsels of truth turns obsessive, Busch's snapshots become addictive." Salon.com
"Powerful....Compelling....Hypnotic....A profound exploration of a man at war with himself." The Boston Sunday Globe
"Beautiful, harrowing....In Busch's skilled hands, past and present merge to become a sublimely haunting yet gorgeously uplifting account of one man's need to bridge the great gulf dividing heart and mind, body and soul." Elle
"[A] versatile writer of consummate skill....Busch's ravishing, near-thriller novel...places the most private of emotions within the context of a cruel and chaotic world, and reveals the oceanic depths of our capacity and penchant for both pain and pleasure." Donna Seaman, Booklist (Boxed and Starred Review)
"[T]he pleasures of the written word are on ample display in Frederick Busch's new novel....The reward comes [from] prose that shimmers and a sensibility that respects the difficulty of devising a happy, sustainable life — in or out of wartime." BookPage
"Frederick Busch is, surely, America's most courageous and most focused of writers. Intelligent, compassionate, and unflinchingly adult, his new novel, A Memory of War, is an outstanding audit of the emotional legacies that haunt and disfigure contemporary American life. Rarely has a writer put such muscular, rigorous prose to such tender use." Jim Crace, author of Being Dead and Genesis
"Frederick Busch moves deftly past the smoke and mirrors of wartime memory and troubled peacetime reconstructions to reveal a heartbreaking spiral of love and betrayal in two generations, one European, the other American. The writing here is beautiful, sometimes wickedly funny. Vivid as the characters of this novel are, it is history itself that is the captivating protagonist." Patricia Hampl, author of Virgin Time
"I am, once again, delighted and amazed and, frankly, in awe of what Frederick Busch can do with the novel as an art form. A Memory of War is a brilliant and complex meditation....It's too easy to say 'memory' or 'imagination' or 'guilt' or 'love.' It's about all those things, but it's about much more. Perhaps the unnameable essence of existence. And, not incidentally, the novel is also an intensely compelling story. A Memory of War is a transcendently great book." Robert Olen Butler, author of Fair Warning and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
About the Author
Frederick Busch's most recent novel is The Night Inspector, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in upstate New York.
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