The Moment: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 15, 2011 - Fiction - 544 pages
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Big Picture and Five Days comes a tragic love story set in Cold War Berlin.

Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine, in touch only with his daughter and still trying to recover from the end of a long marriage, his solitude is disrupted one wintry morning by the arrival of a box that is postmarked Berlin. The name on the box—Dussmann—unsettles him completely, for it belongs to the woman with whom he had an intense love affair twenty-six years ago in Berlin at a time when the city was cleaved in two and personal and political allegiances were frequently haunted by the deep shadows of the Cold War.

Refusing initially to confront what he might find in that box, Thomas nevertheless is forced to grapple with a past he has never discussed with any living person and in the process relive those months in Berlin when he discovered, for the first and only time in his life, the full, extraordinary force of true love. But Petra Dussmann, the woman to whom he lost his heart, was not just a refugee from a police state, but also someone who lived with an ongoing sorrow that gradually rewrote both their destinies.

A love story of great epic sweep and immense emotional power, The Moment explores why and how we fall in love—and the way we project on to others that which our hearts so desperately seek.
 

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User Review  - Meg - A Bookish Affair - Goodreads

This book has a great story but also some big ideas. In the book, Thomas talks a lot about moments that change everything. They are the so called watershed moments where you can point to a specific ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
31
Section 4
55
Section 5
67
Section 6
83
Section 7
95
Section 8
121
Section 14
241
Section 15
265
Section 16
303
Section 17
331
Section 18
353
Section 19
387
Section 20
409
Section 21
453

Section 9
135
Section 10
173
Section 11
195
Section 12
213
Section 13
229
Section 22
493
Section 23
511
Section 24
521
Section 25
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Douglas Kennedy is the author of eleven previous novels, including the #1 international bestseller Five Days. His work has been translated into 22 languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Born in Manhattan, he divides his time between London, New York, and Montreal and has two children. Find out more at DouglasKennedyNovelist.com.

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