Bernhard Schlink and Carol Janeway (translator)
Pantheon, Aug 14 2012, $25.95
“After the Season.” On Cape Cod, the flautist and the foundation worker meet and fall in love, but he detests the ultra-wealthy and she is one of them.
“The Night in Baden-Baden.” She angrily accuses her playwright boyfriend of cheating so feeling she gave him a free pass, he has sex with a waitress.
“The House in the Forest.” They are novelists raising their daughter in the countryside bur she is a success and he is not.
“Stranger in the Night.” On the plane, he is stunned by his row mate’s tale of a woman, a sheik, a death and five million euros, but shocked when the narrator wants his passport.
“The Last Summer.” The retired professor wants one last time with his loved ones before he drinks the toxin that will end the pain of terminal bone cancer, but his wife finds the bottle before he uses it.
“Johan Sebastian Bach on Reugen.” Though he resents his father for not being there for him, they attend a Bach festival together when he realizes who the distant one in their relationship truly is.
“The Journey to the South.” Elderly bitter Nina who hates her family seeks the lover she gave up years ago, but he reminds her she chose.
These seven strong character driven short stories focus on irrational rationalizations justifying decisions and behavior by the various protagonists.