The Only Story (Large Print / Library Binding)
When we fall in love, we are embracing someone who has a life that exists outside of us. When we are young, we are less likely to understand this. When external circumstances invade the inner world of love we have created, we feel blindsided. Julian Barnes explores this feeling through a common story that includes less than common elements. Decades of time and memory become distinct periods that correspond with the protagonist’s realizations as he experiences a love he is certain he can shield from outside forces.— Chad
May 2018 Indie Next List
“The Only Story, a love story that captivated me from the very first page, tells of Paul, a young man who at the age of 19 falls in love with a woman almost 30 years his senior. Now in the sunset of his life, Paul looks back with tenderness on the life they had together, how everything fell apart, and how his life evolved as a result. I loved the author's reflections on love and found myself savoring his words, not wanting the book to end. A beautiful story from a superb writer.”
— Danielle Bauter, Laguna Beach Books, Laguna, CA
"Most of us have only one story to tell. I don't mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there's only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine."