The truth is, as a character in this provocative new collection puts it, 'passionate, beautiful, and hideous, it can make you happy and it can torture you, and it's always liberating.' In 'After the Season,' a man of humble means falls quickly in love with a woman belonging to a much elevated financial status and wrestles with his feelings and his beliefs about the rich. A son takes his distant father to a Bach festival in 'Johann Sebastian Bach on Ruegen' only to learn that perhaps he was the one who was never really present in their relationship. And in 'The Night in Baden-Baden' a man who's caught in a lie changes his ways - by sleeping with another woman only after being accused.
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by Bernhard Schlink
by Patrick J. Carnes
by Anne Perry
by Donna Leon
"Schlink's intriguing collection of stories illuminates how people deal with their relationships. Narrated adeptly by David Colacci, the seven stories will certainly compel many listeners to contemplate their own issues. But the stories are a bit uneven. And Colacci seems to struggle with those instances in which even he feels the drag. Overall, however, the stories provide a diverse window into the characters' inner lives. The best story may be "Johann Sebastian Bach on Ruegen," in which a son invites his distant father to a Bach festival, only to discover that he, not his father, is the more distant of the two. Regardless of the success of each story, Colacci performs in a style that complements Schlink's prose. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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