In a lifetime of loving books and reading I had never reread a book. This was the first.
A short review, but there were many reviews when this book came out and there are articulate, fine, nuanced ones on the net. Find them. Read them.
'"This thing that almost never was still beckons, I wanted to tell him.' They 'can never undo it, never unwrite it, never unlive it, or relive it. ... Going back is false. Moving ahead is false. Looking the other way is false.'"
"'Ultimately, the real site of nostalgia is not the place that was lost or the place that was never quite had in the first place; it is the text that must record that loss.'" This novel is one such text.