With his mournful, meditative new collection of stories, translated, like 'The Reader', by Carol Brown Janeway, Mr Schlink comes closer than ever to putting the war behind him... Each story in 'Summer Lies' has heft, solidity - even more of an accomplishment given the delicate, fleeting emotions it captures (INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
Unlike many novelists who use short fiction as a rest stop on the highway to longer works, Schlink seems to have lingered with these stories. Each story in Summer Lies has heft, solidity - even more of an accomplishment given the delicate, fleeting emotions it captures (THE SCOTSMAN
Summer Lies is pleasingly dark in its reflections on disappointment and sorrow in adult life... Admirers of The Reader will not be disappointed (FINANCIAL TIMES
For all the hideous history behind it, his global bestseller The Reader
shared with the rest of Bernhard Schlink's fiction a keen but cool grasp of the role of chance and happenstance in every human life... these stories by the lawyer, judge and writer show how fate - or drift, or accident - can change the course of even the most controlled career (Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT
These quiet but memorable stories by the author of The Reader
hinge on those moments when whole lives may - or may not - change. At turning-points, his characters either pursue a new path or flee from the unknown. But even for these orderly, thoughtful post-war Germans, chance often reigns and fate will mock their choice (i newspaper
From the bestselling author of THE READER, a mesmerising book about love in all its guises.