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Double Vision by Pat Barker
In Pat Barker's Double Vision, Stephen Sharkey is a foreign correspondent burned out on the atrocities and death he's seen in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Ground Zero on 9/11. He's also mourning the death of his friend, Ben Frobisher, a war photographer. He moves back to his brother's land to write about his experiences, and is also near Ben's widow, Kate. She's a sculptor working on a large statue for a cathedral, but a car accident has left her partially disabled, so she hires a helper, Peter Wingrave, unknowing his shady past. Stephen finds him falling for Justine, his nephew's au pair and a former lover of Peter. As the characters lives entangle, Pat Barker explores the effect of violence, both individual and state-sponsored, on the lives of the ordinary people it ensnares. The Telegraph says, "Double Vision remains an unputdownable and thought-provoking novel by one of Britain's best writers."