The Sense of an Ending

Psychological Fiction

Author: Julian Barnes

By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about–until his closest childhood f….Read More

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