“Let me tell you what I have done since I left you”, Bruno says to Elena in one of the five stories in this new novel from Sebastian Faulks.
When people leave our lives, we try to fill that gap no matter how much we loved them or miss them; so when - or if - they return, can they get back into our lives? Can life be the same again? All this and more is raised in A Possible Life.
With wonderful writing, particularly when describing Geoffrey and Anya, Faulks prompts some uncomfortable questions for the readers. In Geoffrey’s story a decade passes with ease, just like in life, and in Anya’s story there is a brilliant passage of how a man can be fooled by love or possibly lust. A sometimes disturbing novel as Faulks explores the characters in what is effectively the story of five different lives stretching over centuries, he questions who is living our lives - do we have control over our destiny; is it better to have love and lost then never to have loved at all? This is a brilliant and clever novel.