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"Ever After is explicitly concerned with historical investigation, love, death, family affairs.... It moves quickly, and it vibrates with feeling and thought."--Wall Street Journal
The dazzling new novel by the author of Waterland approaches the riddle of life from the agonized perspective of Bill Unwin, a middle-aged orphan, premature widower, and failed suicide suddenly obsessed by the diaries of his Victorian ancestor, a man whose fall from happiness eerily parallels his own. "He writes like a Henry James reborn after the sexual revolution."--New York Times Book Review.
Posted February 16, 2000
The juxtaposed stories of the modern academic and the victorian skeptic serve to illustrate that love, and loss, are constants throughout time. I was engulfed by both storylines separately, and the combination of the two was very powerful. The fact that the two stories don't dovetail perfectly isn't a flaw; it is the whole point of the story. Love and pain may endure throughout time, but people and their convictions are influenced by when they live. When Bill Unwin remembers his first night with his wife, a time before (and after) all the tragedy in his life, it is both wistful and tragic. This is a wonderful novel.
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