Publisher description for Forgetfulness / Ward Just.


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From one of our most critically acclaimed authors comes this
masterly story of one man"s attempt to extricate himself from his
past, and its disastrous consequences. Thomas Railles, a former parttime
spy for the CIA, is a respected painter living in the south of France
with his beloved wife, Florette. One day Florette goes for a walk in the
hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Her death is devastating to
Thomas, and he struggles to find a way forward in a world that seems
defined by violence and grief. Each night he tracks the war in Iraq
on the evening news, and Florette"s killers are still at large. Suddenly
Iraq is on his doorstep: French officials have detained four Moroccan
terrorists and charged them with her murder. Thomas is invited to
witness their interrogation. The experience completely undermines
him, his world is utterly changed, and he finds himself unable to
remain at a distance from America, the country he left long ago.

Just"s most gripping, insightful, and nuanced novel yet,
Forgetfulness will haunt its readers and show the corrosive effects
of today"s war and its unexpected consequences for the individual
conscience.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Painters -- Fiction.
Americans -- France -- Fiction.
Terrorists -- Fiction.
Pyrenees -- Fiction.