London: Picador, 2005, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: When art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he once spent a childhood holiday, he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma.
The Grace family had appeared that long-ago summer as if from another world. Mr and Mrs Grace, with their worldly ease and candour, were unlike any adults he had met before. But it was his contemporaries, the Grace twins (silent, expressionless Myles, and fiery, seductively poised and forthright Chloe), who most fascinated Max. He grew to know them intricately, even intimately, and what ensued would haunt him for the rest of his years and shape everything that was to follow.
Written in Banvilles precise and hauntingly beautiful prose, The Sea is both a reconciliation with loss and an extraordinary meditation on identity and remembrance. Utterly compelling, profoundly moving and illuminating, it is unquestionably one of the finest works yet from a sublime master of language.Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a nick to the tail of the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 263 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.