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A provocative story of a young boy's erotic awakening in a passionate, clandestine love affair with an older woman, and what happens to them both when the secrets in her past are revealed.

Fifteen-year-old Michael Berg becomes ill on the way home from school. A woman takes care of him. The boy arrives at her home with a bunch of flowers to thank her. And then comes back again. Hanna is the first woman he has ever desired. But there is something harsh about her. His questions about her family and her life go unanswered. One day Hanna simply disappears. Michael's life goes on, but he can't forget her.

Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved so passionately is a criminal. Much about her behavior during the trial makes no sense. But then, suddenly and terribly, it does -- Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.

The past erupts into the present -- both his past with Hanna, and Germany's past. And Michael must accept the fact that he will never be fre

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Grouping Title reader
Grouping Author schlink bernhard
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auth_author2 Janeway, Carol Brown., Scott, Campbell.
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display_description Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Compact discs, Germany -- Fiction, Illiterate persons -- Fiction, Law students -- Fiction, Love stories, Psychological fiction, Seduction -- Fiction, Trials (Murder) -- Fiction, War crime trials -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Fiction
title_display The reader
title_full The Reader, The reader / Bernhard Schlink ; translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway, The reader [sound recording] / Bernhard Schlink ; [translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway]
title_short The reader
topic_facet Atrocities, Audiobooks, Classic Literature, Compact discs, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Illiterate persons, Law students, Literature, Love stories, Psychological fiction, Seduction, Trials (Murder), War crime trials, World War, 1939-1945