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The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

The End of Loneliness

The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells
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Jan 29, 2019 | 272 Pages
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Praise

 “A life-affirming work.”—Vogue

“Like John Boyne, Wally Lamb or John Irving, Benedict Wells has conjured a fictional world –at once epic and intimate, full of uncanny occurrences, inescapable fates, love lost and found and lost again— that quickly becomes more vivid to the reader than the real world that exists beyond its covers. Even a great book might not actually put an end to loneliness, but I can’t imagine a better salve for solitude than a novel like this, a book with the empathy, bravery, and vision to venture straight into the turbulent, vivid, interior landscapes of memory in order to reveal to us our own innermost selves.”—Stefan Merrill Block, author of Oliver Loving and The Story of Forgetting
 
“Touching and timeless, [The End of Loneliness] is expertly and evocatively rendered, in prose both beautiful and sparse enough to cut clearly to the question at the novel’s heart: how one copes with loss that isn’t—or doesn’t have to be—permanent.”—Publishers Weekly

“A love story and a life story, this rich and well-translated domestic drama acknowledges that some bonds are truly immutable in the face of, or perhaps because of, tragedy and that our memories and the stories we make of them, though they may change, are as real as anything.”—Booklist, starred review

“A bittersweet, intricately plotted family saga. . . . A tender, affecting novel, one that packs a lot into a slender frame.”Kirkus Reviews

“A tear-jerker . . . it is impossible to look away from it, the unravelling, reforming lives of its characters.”The Guardian

“The trajectory of a long life, from childhood, through the adult disappointments, through parenthood: this is what novels do best. Our fate is everything we become; yet what happens to Jules and Alva, in the hands of Benedict Wells, is dazzling storytelling… The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished — and eternal.”—John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, and Avenue of Mysteries
 
“Original and captivating, it’s high time this German author had more work translated in to English…[The End of Loneliness]’s quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition.”Stylist Magazine
 
“This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure — it is not easily forgotten. Heartfelt and enriching.”Sunday Post
 
“With a surprising maturity . . . Benedict Wells has found a voice to describe, neither cruelly nor over-sensitively, human fragility, failure and ageing.”Le Monde
 
“The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark.”Elle, Paris
 
“Sophisticated . . . [Jules’] projection into kinder realities offers the novel’s most literary and most immediate, emotive pleasures.”The Irish Times
 
“A superbly insightful story.”—BookRiot

Awards

European Union Prize for Literature WINNER 2016

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