Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness

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Houghton
From one of our most critically acclaimed authors comes a masterly story of terrorism and revenge and one man’s attempts to extricate himself from his past.

Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former "odd-jobber" for the CIA, is a respected painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in the south of France. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Her death devastates Thomas, and in the weeks and months that follow he struggles to make sense of a world that seems defined by violence and pain.

Each night Thomas tracks the war in Iraq on the evening news while Florette’s killers remain at large. When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette's murder, Thomas is invited to witness the interrogation. The experience completely undoes him, changing his world utterly, and he finds himself unable to remain at a distance from America, the country he left so long ago.

Ward Just’s most gripping and insightful novel yet, Forgetfulness is a haunting depiction of the corrosive effects of today’s war on terror and its unexpected consequences for the individual conscience.


Baker & Taylor
A former part-time spy for the CIA now living as a respected painter in the south of France, Thomas Railles finds his life turned upside down when his beloved wife Florette is murdered by unknown assailants, until he discovers that four Moroccan terrorists have been charged with her murder. By the author of An Unfinished Season. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former "odd-jobber" for the CIA, is a respected painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in the south of France. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Her death devastates Thomas, and in the weeks and months that follow he struggles to make sense of a world that seems defined by violence and pain.
Each night Thomas tracks the war in Iraq on the evening news while Florette's killers remain at large. When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette's murder, Thomas is invited to witness the interrogation. The experience completely undoes him, changing his world utterly, and he finds himself unable to remain at a distance from America, the country he left so long ago.

Baker
& Taylor

A former spy for the CIA now living as a respected painter in the south of France, Thomas Railles finds his life turned upside down when his wife Florette is murdered, until he discovers that four Moroccan terrorists have been charged with the crime.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006
ISBN: 9780618634637
0618634630
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 24 cm

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