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Written by Anita BrooknerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Anita Brookner

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: January 12, 1998
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-77325-2 (0-679-77325-8)
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Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he stepped briefly out of character to indulge in a liaison with Sarah Miller, an intriguing but heartless distant relative--only to find himself in a series of absurd situations that culminated in his marriage to Sarah's clinging, childlike friend Angela.

With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane. In the traditions of Henry James and Thomas Mann, Altered States is a beautifully rendered tale of loneliness, guilt, and erotic obsession.