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Elizabeth Finch

Julian Barnes

Warwick’s presents
Julian Barnes
in conversation with Seth Lerer

Elizabeth Finch

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 12:00pm PDT

Elizabeth Finch
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On Wednesday, August 17th at 12:00pm PDT Warwick's, in partnership with Book Passage, Books, Inc., Copperfield’s, and Skylight Books, will host Julian Barnes as he discusses his new book, Elizabeth Finch, in conversation with Seth Lerer. Julian Barnes is the author of twenty-four previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Médicis and Prix Femina in France, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in London.

From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a magnetic tale that centers on the presence of a vivid and particular woman, whose loss becomes the occasion for a man's deeper examination of love, friendship, and biography.

This beautiful, spare novel of platonic unrequited love springs into being around the singular character of the stoic, exacting Professor Elizabeth Finch. Neil, the narrator, takes her class "Culture and Civilisation," taught not for undergraduates but for adults of all ages; we are drawn into his intellectual crush on this private, withholding, yet commanding woman. While other personal relationships and even his family drift from Neil's grasp, Elizabeth's application of her material to the matter of daily living remains important to him, even after her death, in a way that nothing else does.

In Elizabeth Finch, we are treated to everything we cherish in Barnes: his eye for the unorthodox forms love can take between two people, a compelling swerve into nonfictional material (this time, through Neil's obsessive study of Julian the Apostate, following on notes Elizabeth left for him to discover after her death), and the forcefully moving undercurrent of history, and biography in particular, as nourishment and guide in our current lives.

Seth Lerer is distinguished professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of nine previous books, and received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize in Criticism for Children's Literature: A Reader's History, from Aesop to Harry Potter.

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ISBN: 9780593535431
Published: Knopf - August 16th, 2022