About this BookFrom the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy lived at Hailsham, a private boarding school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the rest of society, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society that they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this and the silly ideals from those days behind her, but when two of her friends from Hailsham come back into her life at the age of 31, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
As her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the infatuation that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to evolve into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But other scenes are described as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint ever-so-slightly at a dark secret behind the nurturing facade of Hailsham. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are now compelled to face the truth about their childhood days and about their lives now.
A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance–and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.