Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 352 p.
From the Publisher
In a captivating departure, Larry Watson, "a writer whose work is
worthy of prizes" (Los Angeles Times Book Review), unveils
a portrait of faith, obsession, and enduring love -- and a work of
greater tenderness than anything he has yet written.
Love captures Paul Finley, in, of all places, his own bedroom --
literally waking him from his dreams. The night he discovers Laura
Pettit standing at his windowsill, Paul is eleven years old, a boy
naturally inclined toward seriousness, precociously adept at the
art of watching the world without being watched. Laura is
twenty-two, a fiercely passionate and independent poet already
experiencing the first flickers of fame, a beautiful woman on the
brink of seducing Paul''s father. No matter; Paul is smitten. When
she leaves him to rejoin the grown-ups'' party downstairs, Laura
issues Paul a wholly impossible command, one that will haunt and
consume both of them for the rest of their lives: "Forget me."
Laying bare the inner life of one man during the course of nearly
four decades, Larry Watson delivers a riveting treatise on the
excruciating power of love -- and two of the most remarkable
characters in recent American literature. Infused with breathtaking
pathos and delicate grace, Laura is an extraordinary
triumph of the novelist''s art.