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The New York Times Book ReviewSince the success of The Reader, Bernhard Schlink has been firmly established as the voice of German guilt and conscience. Not all of his characters are as complicit as Nazi prison guards or the people who unwittingly love them, but it's difficult for this German writer to use his country as a neutral background for private lives. With his mournful, meditative new collection of stories…Schlink comes closer than ever to putting the war behind him. His characters could live anywhere, and in fact many do…They're still haunted by the past, but the failures they confront are smaller, quieter and adamantly personal…Unlike many novelists, who use short fiction as a rest stop on the highway to longer works, Schlink seems to have lingered with these stories. Each story in Summer Lies has heft, solidity—even more of an accomplishment given the delicate, fleeting emotions it captures.