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.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 129 x 198 x 133mm | 198g
- 17 May 2004
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
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'A subtle and haunting novel something out of the ordinary His writing gets under your skin' Daily Mail 'Lightman's intelligent, dry prose is stimulating and humorous, and Charles's awakening is often enormously touching' Glasgow Herald 'This is a lyrical, highly idealistic evocation of the ecstasies of first love a genuinely affecting picture of loss' Daily Telegraph 'His prose leaps and twirls, circles his subjects and raises them up. For a few moments, it's almost impossible to forget those bloody feet and the pain they symbolise. REUNION, however, always returns to the ground. It reminds us that only in art are we weightless' Time Out
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.