In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes
and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket ground.
Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too
ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away.
In a nineteenth century French village, an old servant
understands, suddenly and with awe, the meaning of the Bible story her master
is reading to her.
On a summer evening in the Catskills in 1971, a skinny girl
steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and with a song that will send shivers
through her listeners’ skulls.
A few years from now, in Italy, a gifted scientist discovers
links between time and the human brain and between her lover’s novel and his
Throughout the five masterpieces of fiction that make up A
Possible Life, 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 of love, separations and missed
opportunities. These interactions, whether successful or not, also affect the
long trajectories of characters’ lives.
Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks’ 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. Download and start listening now!