On Sale: June 12, 2018
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A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in
Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in
the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and
the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together
even as it tears them apart.
In 1921, two young Americans meet in Verdun, the city in
France where one of the most devastating battles of the war
was waged. Tom is an orphan from Chicago, a former ambulance
driver now gathering bones from the battlefield; Sarah is an
expatriate from Boston searching for the husband who
wandered off from his division and hasn’t been seen since.
Quickly, the two fall into a complicated affair against the
ghostly backdrop of the ruined city. Months later, Sarah and
Tom meet again at the psychiatric ward of an Italian
hospital, drawn there by the appearance of a mysterious
patient the doctors call Douglas Fairbanks (after the silent
film actor)—a shell-shocked soldier with no memory of who he
is. At the hospital, Tom and Sarah are joined by Paul, an
Austrian journalist with his own interest in the amnesiac.
Each is keeping a secret; each has been shaken by the
horrors of war. Decades later, Tom, now a successful
screenwriter, encounters Paul by chance in LA, still
grappling with the questions raised by this gorgeous and
incisive novel: How to begin again after unfathomable
trauma? How to love after so much loss? And who, in the end,
was Douglas Fairbanks?
From the bone-strewn fields of Verdun to the bombed-out
cafés of Paris, from the riot-torn streets of Bologna to the
riotous parties of 1950s Hollywood, The Verdun Affair
is a riveting tale of romance, grief, and the
far-reaching consequences of a single lie.
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