Image of The Last Enchantments


Image of The Last Enchantments

Finch’s bittersweet novel holds a great deal of appeal. Any reader who has ever tried to carve out a life in a new place will connect easily with this tale of self-discovery, while anyone who has ever indulged in the melancholy of nostalgia will be right at home in this tale of past loves, old friends and timeless memories. Finch’s prose is sure and moving, with flashes of brilliance as he pens a love story between people, but also to a place and a time that becomes as vital as any of the characters.

With the defeat of the presidential candidate for whom young William Baker worked, he decides to leave New York and his longtime girlfriend for a year of studying literature at Oxford. Though it seemed a convenient way to put his life on hold, Will soon finds himself at the center of a quirky and devoted circle of friends, confronting the confusion of romantic entanglements and experiencing all the agonies and joys that come with truly living. As Will comes into his own at Oxford, he finds that some years, some regrets and some loves can indeed live forever, if only in the world of memory. (ST. MARTIN’S, Feb., 336 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown