'Here is a writer of great daring and originality, who is not afraid of emotion. Max Tivoli may even make you cry.' - Peter Carey
Max Tivoli is a narrator like no other, and this is a heartbreaking love story. At his birth, Max has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward - on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child. When Max is 17, he falls in love with a neighbour girl, Alice, who ages normally. As he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him, she takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, it's tale of love lost then found which achieves an emotional resonance that is unforgettable.
Andrew Sean Greer is the author of the novel The Path of Minor Planets and How It Was For Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.