The Only Story (Large Print / Library Binding)

Staff Pick Badge
The Only Story Cover Image
Check Availability Status
Out of Stock

Staff Reviews

All too frequently, we read books that break our hearts. Rare is the author, though, that we thank afterward for putting us through that grief. The Only Story tells us of a young man named Paul and his allconsuming relationship with Susan, a neighbor more than twice his age. Although we are afraid that their story won’t end well, the devotion that Paul shows in spite of great tragedy is nothing short of astonishing. Grab your tissues and a bottle of wine, and get ready to savor heartbreak.

— Christine, Chicago ORD

Julian Barnes has written a beautiful book full of observations on relationships and the hindsight that only age can bring when looking back on a relationship that ended up defining Paul’s life and the life of his much older lover.

— Cathy, Atlanta

May 2018 Indie Next List

“The Only Story, a love story that captivated me from the very first page, tells of Paul, a young man who at the age of 19 falls in love with a woman almost 30 years his senior. Now in the sunset of his life, Paul looks back with tenderness on the life they had together, how everything fell apart, and how his life evolved as a result. I loved the author's reflections on love and found myself savoring his words, not wanting the book to end. A beautiful story from a superb writer.”
— Danielle Bauter, Laguna Beach Books, Laguna, CA


"Most of us have only one story to tell. I don't mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there's only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683248378
ISBN-10: 1683248376
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: July 1st, 2018
Pages: 500
Language: English