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Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink

Summer Lies

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From Bernhard Schlink, the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, come seven provocative and masterfully calibrated stories. Tender yet unsentimental, achingly personal yet utterly universal, Summer Lies asks what it means to love, to deceive and ultimately, to be human....

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Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink

A conversation between strangers on a long-haul flight will change lives for ever; one night in Baden-Baden will threaten to tear a couple apart; a meeting with an ex-lover will give a divorcee a second chance; holiday lovers will struggle in the harsh reality of daily routine... As Schlink's characters navigate their lives, we discover the many faces of love: the small betrayals, hidden truths and abiding affections. In Schlink's trademark spare prose, we come face-to-face with the desires and jealousies that define our daily lives, with the fragility of happiness, and with the abiding possibility of hope.


“A thoughtful, stimulating collection.”

“Eloquent and profound . . . a generally top-notch collection from Schlink.”
Publishers Weekly

“In each affecting story in this hot, blurry haze of summer, the valley between truth and deception is neither straight nor wide.”

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major international bestselling novel and movie The Reader, short story collection Flights of Love and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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13th September 2012


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