The Only Story OverviewThe Only Story is a novel by Julian Barnes. It follows Paul Roberts, who is 19 years old during the 1960s. Paul is living in a suburban English town when he falls in love with a 48-year-old married woman named Susan Macleod. Unable to resist their love for one another, Paul and Susan pursue their relationship in secret. Eventually, they move away to live together. Though the relationship provides fulfillment, it is also the source of much suffering. The novel explores themes of love, fulfillment, suffering, and personal history.
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Julian Barnes is one of the most celebrated and most variously rewarding of Britain's younger writers--that is, those who were born in the late 1940s and began publishing in the late 1970s or the 1980...