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Book review: In post-war Britain, three young performers drift through their lives

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‘Here We Are’ by Graham Swift, Knopf, 2020, 195 pages, $22.95

A sense of wistfulness is on every page of “Here We Are,” the haunting new novel from Graham Swift.

The book retains many of the unforgettable facets of “Mothering Sunday,” Swift’s brilliant previous work from 2013. There’s a fluid blending of time frames, the instability caused on the home front of a country at war, idylls at homes in the country and, most importantly, the inability to verbalize the significance — to tell the full story — of a single life-altering moment.