The Sea

Author: 
John Banville
2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
 
The novel follows Max Morden, a middle-aged man as he confronts his past. After his wife dies of cancer Max retreats to a seaside town where he spent summers as a child. While there, he alternately remembers his life with his wife and that summer holiday where he became infatuated with the wealthy and sophisticated Grace family, first with the mother, and then with the daughter. These relationships with these three women were the uneasy mess of life that helped define who he has come to be.