Against a backdrop of the 1960s war protests, Charles watches his relationship with Juliana intensify and nearly unravel, mentally traveling from his youthful mistakes to the child they almost had together. As he rediscovers contradictory versions of his past, he relives the hopefulness of youth and examines the nature of memory itself. A physicist and a humanist, Lightman fuses both disciplines into a luminous book.
"Lightman infuses even the simplest scenes with quiet menace as he explores the cataclysmic power of both erotic love and shocking betrayal." (Booklist)