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The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

When Max Tivoli is born in 1871, he looks like miniature old man. Max lives his life backwards, with his body getting progressively younger as he gets older. When Max is 17, but appears 53, he falls in love with Alice, the girl next door. He must wait until he appears younger, and Alice to be older, for this love to be fulfilled. His secret is shared with only two people besides his parents, Alice, and his best friend, Hughie. Alice and Hughie, however, continue to age as he gets younger. The Confessions of Max Tivoli explores the nuances of love, age, and friendship with its backwards chronology of Max's life. Andrew Sean Greer's second novel has received high praise with saying, "The Confessions of Max Tivoli is a strikingly original and beautifully told story that offers a fresh perspective on questions of love and age."
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