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Forgetfulness

Ward Just

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ISBN 10: 0618634630 / ISBN 13: 9780618634637
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 2006
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First Printing. Copy In Excellent Cnndition In A Fine Dustjacket. Signed By Author. Florette¿S Husband, Thomas, Is An Ex-Spy, Now Artist, Perfectly Content With His Expatriate Life, Painting, Traveling Europe, And Creating A Home In A Tiny Village With His French Wife. The Disturbances Are Brought By Outsiders: Angry Americans Come Into Town Looking For A Fight. The American Niece Of Thomas¿S Neighbor Rails Against The Clannishness Of Village Politics. The Largest Upheaval Of All Is Brought By The Moroccan Mercenaries Who Choose To Murder An Injured Florette Rather Than Help Her. Bernhard, A Friend From Wisconsin, Takes An Extreme Interest In Thomas¿S Need For Revenge, While Another Friend Urges Him To Move On. Both Men Misunderstand The Depth Of Their Friend¿S Grief, And The Sense Of Finality That Florette¿S Death Has Caused. The Major Theme Of The Book Is Summed Up In The Title: Should Thomas Try To Forget Parts Of His Life Or Should He Hold Onto His Anger And Seek Revenge On The Men Who Murdered His Wife?. Bookseller Inventory # 000072

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Title: Forgetfulness

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From one of our most critically acclaimed authors comes a masterly story of terrorism and revenge and one man’s attempts to extricate himself from his past.

Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former "odd-jobber" for the CIA, is a respected painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in the south of France. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Her death devastates Thomas, and in the weeks and months that follow he struggles to make sense of a world that seems defined by violence and pain.

Each night Thomas tracks the war in Iraq on the evening news while Florette’s killers remain at large. When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette's murder, Thomas is invited to witness the interrogation. The experience completely undoes him, changing his world utterly, and he finds himself unable to remain at a distance from America, the country he left so long ago.

Ward Just’s most gripping and insightful novel yet, Forgetfulness is a haunting depiction of the corrosive effects of today’s war on terror and its unexpected consequences for the individual conscience.

About the Author:

Ward Just is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the National book Award finalist Echo House and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Award. In a career that began as a war correspondent for Newsweek and the Washington Post, Just has lived and written in half a dozen countries, including Britain, France, and Vietnam. His characters often lead public lives as politicians, civil servants, soldiers, artists, and writers. It is the tension between public duty and private conscience that animates much of his fiction, including Forgetfulness. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha’s Vineyard and Paris.

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