An emotional examination of the ways in which family members can both support and hurt one another.
By Graham Norton ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 19, 2023
Irish comedian Norton’s fourth novel set in his homeland is a captivating exploration of relationships. Carol Crottie, an English teacher, finds love again after her husband leaves her for a French teacher. Her new partner, Declan Barry, is an older man whose wife has been missing for years. When Declan is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, his children move him into a care home and evict Carol from the house they shared. This leads Carol to investigate the truth about Declan’s missing wife and why his children are so hostile towards her. Meanwhile, Norton delves into the issues in Killian’s marriage and Sally’s inability to form relationships outside of social media. As Carol comes to terms with her relationships with Declan, his children, and her own son, Craig, she discovers secrets that her mother has been hiding. Norton’s novel is a blend of domestic strife, intriguing tragedies, and gentle humour, making it a great read for fans of Irish fiction.
Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2023
Page Count: 336
Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023