July 2013 Indie Next List
“This exquisitely rendered novel captures one character in three distinct and historically significant periods: the flu epidemic of 1918, the wartime world of 1945, and the full-blown AIDS terror of 1985. Greer manages to achieve the near impossible himself in making Greta believable in all three. She suffers and learns in each circumstance, though her hard-won accumulated knowledge is of little help in solving the essential riddle that is life. Stilll, hers is a grand and brave journey that will not soon be forgotten.”
— Marion Abbott, Mrs. Dalloway's, Berkeley, CA
From the critically acclaimed author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" comes a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the "other lives" she might have lived.
About the Author
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including "The Story of a Marriage", which "The New York Times" has called an "inspired, lyrical novel," and "The Confessions of Max Tivoli", which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. His stories have appeared in "The New Yorker", "Esquire", and "The Paris Review". He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry Award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco.
“The premise of this novel isn’t that a woman travels through time: it’s that ‘the impossible happens once to each of us’…What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works.”
“Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most talented writers around, feeling and funny, with a genuinely fine prose style and a sensibility to match.”