With his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s,
Stephen reluctantly edits her final book, a
study of Beethoven’s sonatas, even as he
still grieves the loss of their son.
Each day he escapes into his own work: a novel about an experimental treatment that reverses ageing. But when he discovers in his wife’s papers a clue to an unwelcome secret, Stephen is forced to confront his past and reconsider the truths about his family.
Bryan Walpert’s novella is an intimate
portrait of marriage, infidelity and the legacies of memory.
“We love Bryan’s novella for its seamless melding of the emotional and the intellectual, its brilliant evocations of music and literature and a structure that offers both suspense and humour. Out of more than 120 entries from debut and published authors, Bryan’s novella was remarkable for its polish and sophistication.” — Judges’ comments, 2020 Viva La Novella Prize
“I feel I’m in the hands of a master craftsman; who even writes like this anymore? A wonderful, wonderful book.” — Bram Presser, author of The Book of Dirt.