The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (2011)
This book is narrated by Tony, and has two parts, Part I introduces us to four boys at school (Colin, Alex and Adrien) and recounts some of their adventures; and Part II jumps ahead forty years to when a small event causes Tony to reflect on his youth and question his memory.“History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.”
By Part II, Tony is a divorced man on good terms with his ex-wife and very proud of his daughter, even if he doesn’t get to see much of her. We get the sense he doesn’t have many other friends. A strange bequest from the mother of an ex-girlfriend brings him back to his youth and causes him to re-think what he knew about himself and others.
Although a book about memory and recasting what we originally saw sounds dreadfully boring, the book is rather well written, and moves quickly (it helps that its a shorter book around 150 pages, a longer book might have been too much). The book is hard to describe, so I will direct you to some better written reviews here: The Mookse and the Gripes, and here if you have already read the book and are trying to figure it out (SPOILER ALERT): Don’t Mind the Mess.