The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Love Affairs, Friendship, Longing, Loss
Bendrix had an affair with the married Sarah and never recovered emotionally from her inexplicable breakup with him. When he runs into her husband a few years later, who is still oblivious, he desperately tries to rekindle their relationship. It is a tautly written novel with the saddest of undertones — Bendrix is a successful author and bachelor whom no one suspects of being so heartbroken. The interactions between the characters seem realistic which makes the events all the worse to bear. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good old-fashioned tale of love ending poorly, and I especially recommend the audiobook because Colin Firth is the flawless narrator of the first person tale.