The End of Loneliness: The International Bestseller
By Benedict Wells
The international bestseller: A heartfelt, enriching novel about fate, loss and love
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2016 EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
'Dazzling' John Irving
I've known Death a long time but now Death knows me.
When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager.
I began to be afraid of the dark, afraid of death, afraid of eternity. I was alone. And then I met Alva.
The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths.
Our last meeting suddenly felt like yesterday again, except that yesterday was many years ago.
Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate - or chance - will once again alter the course of a life.
Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.
'A superbly insightful story' BookRiot
Benedict Wells was born in 1984 in Munich. At the age of six, he started his journey through three Bavarian boarding schools. Upon graduating school in 2003, he moved to Berlin, where he decided against an academic education and instead started to dedicate his time to writing. In 2016 he won the European Prize for Literature for his third novel, The End of Loneliness, which has been in the German bestseller list for over a year. After years of living in Barcelona, Wells has recently returned to Berlin.
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08 Mar 2018
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What happens to Jules and Alva, in the hands of Benedict Wells, is dazzling storytelling ... The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished - and eternal. — John Irving
This new novel is his masterpiece. — Claudio Armbruster, ZDF, Germany
A novel not easily forgotten. — Ravensburger Verlag Foundation
A gripping family novel, a sensitive love story, a clever book about friendship. — Augsburger Allgemeine
The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark. — Elle, Paris