Teasing fullness, wit, incisiveness, gentleness and generosity' Times Literary Supplement
Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we learn cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.
“None of Mr Barnes's previous work... has quite prepared us for the bewildering maturity of Staring at the Sun...it dazzles in depth”
Harpers & Queen
“Brilliant... Mr Barnes's work is at the forefront of a new internationalization of British fiction”
Carlos Fuentes, New York Times
“A remarkable and risk-taking book, breezily philosophical and light-fingered, funny and also genuinely affecting in that it touches both the heart and the head”