A Possible Life

A Novel in Five Parts

By Sebastian Faulks
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250037855, 287pp.)

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

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FIVE TRANSPORTING STORIES AND FIVE UNFORGETTABLE LIVES, LINKED ACROSS CENTURIES

Throughout this masterpiece of fiction, exquisitely drawn and unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts, and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born out of love, separations, and missed opportunities:

• Young Geoffrey Talbot meets dark-eyed Giselle in France during the Second World War. And his life veers off track forever.

• In a workhouse in Victorian London, Billy becomes lifelong companions with Alice—as well as with another girl.

• In rural France in the 1800s, orphaned Jeanne is devout and simpleminded, but still capable of making a tough decision about her affections.

• The brilliant twenty-first-century Italian scientist Elena Duranti collaborates on a startling discovery about human consciousness–and on an equally astonishing find about her only love.

• Long-haired and skinny Anya is an American singer-songwriter star in the 1970s. But how real is her life of guitars, lovers, stage fight, and travel if it is, foremost, raw material for her songs?

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks’s dazzling new novel journeys across continents and centuries not only to entertain with superb old-fashioned storytelling but to show that occasions of understanding between humans are the one thing that defines us—and that those moments, however fluid, are the one thing that endures.




About the Author
Sebastian Faulks is the internationally bestselling author of 11 novels, including "Charlotte Gray", which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett, and the #1 international bestseller and classic "Birdsong", which has sold more than 3 million copies and has been adapted for the stage, for television (starring Eddie Redmayne) and is now in development as a feature film. In 2008, Faulks was invited to write a James Bond novel, "Devil May Care", to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. In 2011, he presented the 4-part television series "Faulks on Fiction" for the BBC. He lives in London.
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