At the end of a stuttering career, suddenly revived by a role-of-a-lifetime movie turn, actor Alexander Cleave looks back at his first and probably only love-a charged and ultimately catastrophic passion at age 15 for his best friends mother. Then theres his daughter, whose own scary turn of mind he cannot understand. Always an honored writer, Banville has gained a bigger audience here since winning the Man Booker Prize for The Sea, so this probing study of memorys shiftiness will be anticipated. With a reading guide and a six-city tour.

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of "The Sea" gives a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives.