At fifty-two, Charles is a professor at a minor 'leafy little college', a once promising poet, divorced, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Out of impulse, he decides to attend his thirtieth college reunion - and there magically witnesses a replay of his last year in college. Thirty years ago, Charles, then a romantic and tender twenty-two year-old, had fallen obsessively in love with a beautiful dancer. Drawn back into his past like a moth to a flame, he recalls his love affair played out amidst the social and political chaos of the late 1960s. Struggling with memories that often appear contradictory, Charles confronts once again the series of devastating events that forever changed his life.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 129 x 198mm | 380g
- 21 Jul 2003
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
"Elegant . . . spare, economical and charged with meaning ." --"The New York Times Book Review" "One of a handful of writers in America capable of injecting the necessary quietude into his prose. . . . "Reunion" is that rare thing in this age: a genuine work of art." --"Denver Post" "A skillful exercise in the evocation of memory and loss. . . . Lightman's delicate prose turns [Reunion] into a fascinating study." --"The Washington Post Book World" "Marvelously written. . . . A worthy addition to Lightman's work." --"Rocky Mountain News" "Lightman's prose leaps and twirls, circles his subjects and raises them up. If Degas or Manet had written prose it would read like this. . . . Reunion is that rare thing in this age: a genuine work of art." --"Denver Post" "A skillful exercise in the evocation of memory and loss. . . . Lightman's delicate prose turns [Reunion] into a fascinating study." --"The Washington Post Book World""""Reunion seeks . . . to plumb life's most complicated and enduring relationship: that between who one was and who one is. . . . Reunion most powerfully explores the seductions and betrayals of young love."" --The New York Times" "Undeniably affecting. . . . Memorably lovely. . . . Lightman's lyrical meditation on aging and nostalgia [will] hit home for just about any reader." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Haunting. . . . He has a Proustian concern for manipulations of time and memory . . . [a] melancholy grasp of the sovereign ineluctability of time, that 'hour of eternity.' . . . Such a rueful consciousness is a pleasure to witness." --"Boston Globe" "A profoundly human story, rich in depth and nuance. . . . Lightman writes witha lightness, a lyrical understatedness that belies the underlying depths and complexities of the novel. . . . Reunion is the work of a great writer." --"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto) "Prose both luminous and precise. . . . The images of lightness and beauty and grace, of complexity and obsession that Lightman conjures through Charles' vision of his lover make us participate in Charles' yearning." --"The San Diego Union Tribune" "A subtle and haunting novel. . . . In Lightman's hands, the act of remembrance becomes a meditation on time, loss, and the ultimate selfishness of love. His writing gets under your skin precisely because of its measured and undemonstrative tone." --"Daily Mail" (London) "An achingly beautiful story about memory and the loss of passion. . . . Lightman succeeds in writing an inventive, unsentimental love story." --"The Newark Star-Ledger" "Uncommonly rich imagination . . . a masterful touch." --" Rocky Mountain News"
About Alan P. Lightman
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 book on science. He is an adjunct professor of humanities at MIT. He lives in Boston.