Staring at the Sun by Julian Barnes
(Vintage International)

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Jean Serjeant, the heroine of Julian Barnes's wonderfully provocative novel, seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. And as Barnes follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021, he confronts readers with the fruits of her relentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalog of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the twenty-first century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed).
 

About Julian Barnes

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Julian Barnes's honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London. www.julianbarnes.com
 
Published June 15, 2011 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Barnes (Flaubert's Parrot) has used portraiture-at-three-ages before, in 1980's Metroland.

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Julian Barnes's brilliant new novel flashes between the extremes of enchantment and disenchantment, questioning where we might find our proper places as men and women in the coming century.

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He's replaced by Tommy Prosser, a grounded pilot who once saw the sun rise twice in one day and excites as many questions in Jean as he ever answers.

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