Author: Marc Kuhn


General Fiction | WINNER


It is difficult to write a synopsis of AGAIN while avoiding spoilers that could reveal important aspects of the story. Hence, the synopsis here is vague, but secure from spoiling your reading experience!

AGAIN is a book in two parts, featuring the stories of, first, Isaac and Anna, and then three generations later, Richard and Patricia. As you become embedded within these two relationships they will seemingly close in on each other, unavoidably leading you to ponder the book’s theme: can true love transcend time and place and, more curiously…people?

Isaac Solomon Becker is a young German immigrant arriving in the United States in 1906. He meets Anna, the young daughter of an accountant who is tutoring Isaac in setting up the finances for his new home remodeling business. Isaac is immediately smitten with Anna, but her father steers him away from developing any kind of relationship. Her parents are determined to find a more suitable, professional husband for their daughter.

Several years pass as Isaac builds his business. While working on a home in Philadelphia’s Center City, he and Anna meet once again when she is visiting a neighboring home. Their mutual attraction leads to a serious relationship, despite her parents’ objections. The couple proceeds through a loving courtship facing constant obstacles and pressure from Anna’s parents. In the meantime, Isaac is plagued by periodic nightmares that seem to reveal unfamiliar objects and events representing the future. The couple’s environment is hostile and eventually leaves them stranded with unwelcomed consequences.

Richard and Patricia meet in a Political Science class in college. The year…1963. While there are no objections to their relationship, it travels a less than smooth pathway through a warzone in Southeast Asia while repeatedly being harassed by episodes of déjà vu and wayward dreams of times and events from the past. It ends in a dramatic collision of times, places and people. Readers are left to draw their own conclusion, if one, indeed, is plausible.