From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water´s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive. Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home-until she learns of her dad´s failing health. Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family´s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters´ rift. While Alzheimer´s slowly steals their father´s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena´s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour - a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and war, with their infinite capacity for fantasy and cruelty; his secret experiments with hypnotism; the night-long adventures with Krantz, his beloved comrade and confidant. Later, achieving literary fame as a college student, Breavman does penance through manual labour, but ultimately flees to New York. And although he has loved the bodies of many women, it is only when he meets Shell, whom he awakens to her own beauty, that he discovers the totality of love and its demands, and comes to terms with the sacrifices he must make. ´´From the Paperback edition.
Based on the beloved song from ´´The Sound of Music,´´ this beautiful picture book gives this classic tune new meaning with Graef´s gorgeous illustrations. Includes a complete score and lyrics of the song. Full color.