Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize
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 friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, "The Sense of an Ending" is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.