Dazzling in its structure and shattering in its emotional force, Graham Swift's Ever After spans two centuries and settings from the adulterous bedrooms of postwar Paris to the contemporary entanglements in the groves of academe. It is the story of Bill Unwin, a man haunted by the death of his beautify wife and a survivor himself of a recent brush with mortality. And although it touches on Darwin and dinosaurs, bees and bridge builders, the true subject of Ever After is nothing less than the eternal question, "Why should things matter?"
"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
About the Author
Graham Swift is the author of six novels, including the Booker Prize-winning Last Orders. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in London, England.
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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.