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The Speed of Light

(2001)
A novel by

 
 
Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told.

For most of their lives, Julian Perel and his sister, Paula, lived in a house cast in silence, witnesses to a father struggling with a devastating secret too painful to share. Though their father took his demons to the grave, his past refuses to rest.

As adults, brother and sister struggle to find their voices. A scientist governed by numbers and logic, Julian now lives an ordered life of routine and seclusion. My father gave up his language and his homeland. But he carried his sadness with him, under his skin. It was mine now. In contrast, Paula has entered the world as eagerly as Julian retracts from it. An aspiring opera singer, she is always moving, buoyant with sound. Singing was the only gift I could offer to my father. I filled the house with music. I tried to give him joy. . . .

Yet both their lives begin to change on a Wednesday, miercoles, the day that sounds like miracles. Before embarking on a European opera tour, Paula asks her housekeeper, Sola, to stay at her place--and to look after Julian in the apartment above. Yet Sola, too, has a story. I want to clean myself like the window of a house, make myself clear for things to pass through. Flat and quiet.

As Paula uncovers pieces of her father's early life in Budapest and the horrifying truth of his past, Julian bears witness to Sola's story--revelations that help all three learn how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long.

The Speed of Light is a powerful debut about three unforgettable souls who overcome the tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them. In an extraordinary accomplishment, Elizabeth Rosner has created a novel of love and redemption that proves the pain of the untold story is far greater than even the most difficult truth.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Speed of Light
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 0-345-44224-5 / 978-0-345-44224-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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March 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Speed of Light: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 0-7862-4041-5 / 978-0-7862-4041-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Speed of Light: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 0-345-44225-3 / 978-0-345-44225-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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December 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Speed of Light: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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