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The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink

"From the first page, The Reader ensnares both heart and mind."
--Los Angeles Times

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    A New York Times Notable Book
    A Los Angeles Times Book of the Year

    Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

    "Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful.... Speaks straight to the heart." --The New York Times Book Review

    "Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex.... Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity."
    --The New York Times

    "Haunting.... What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism."
    --Francine Prose, Elle

    About the Author

    Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Reader, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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