From the book jacket: The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town in Ireland where he spent his summer holidays as a childa retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. The seductive mother; the imperious father; the twinsChloe, fiery and forthright, and Myles, silent and expressionlessin whose mysterious connection Max became profoundly entangled, each of them a part of the "barely bearable raw immediacy...
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