For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined.
The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna.
"A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel." — Los Angeles Times.
"Haunting. . . . What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism." —Francine Prose, Elle