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Reunion: A Novel

Lightman, Alan P.

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ISBN 10: 037542167X / ISBN 13: 9780375421679
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Reunion: A Novel

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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The New York Times has called Alan Lightman “highly original and imaginative.” Each of his novels is a new exploration of that imagination, utterly unlike the others. Einstein’s Dreams, an international best-seller, was a whimsical and provocative tone poem about time. The Diagnosis, hailed by the Washington Post as a “major accomplishment” and a finalist for the National Book Award, was a disturbing examination of our obsession with speed, information, and money, and the resulting poverty of our spiritual lives. Lightman’s new novel, Reunion, is a delicate and haunting story of how we shape our identity through memory.

Charles is a middle-aged professor at a minor liberal-arts college, a once promising poet, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Without knowing why, he decides to attend his thirtieth college reunion. And there, he magically witnesses a replay of his senior year.

Drawn back into his memories, Charles watches his tender and romantic twenty-two-year-old self embark on an all-consuming love affair with a beautiful dancer. As the two young people struggle to find themselves amidst the social and political chaos of the late 1960s, the older Charles recalls contradictory versions of his past, ultimately confronting for the second time a series of devastating events that would forever change his life.
Written with crystalline prose, at once precise and mysterious, Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the clay-like nature of memory, and the impossible hopefulness of youth.

About the Author:

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include three novels, Einstein’s Dreams, Good Benito, and The Diagnosis; a collection of essays and fables, Dance for Two; and several books on science. He lives in Massachusetts.

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