What a wonderful book, so beautifully written, about love, relationships, families, home, religion and abandonment. Ms. Patchett’s style is unadorned, fluid, and breathes with confidence and assurance. I have often said, that aspiring mystery writers should read all of Agatha Christie’s novels, and learn how to truly write a mystery.

In the case of Ms. Patchett, I would say that all aspiring, serious writers of drama should read this wonderful writer’s works. This is the third book I have read by her, and each one was wonderful and a lesson in how to write fluid, lucid, enthralling novels with great characters.

Maeve, the main female character in the book, is so perfectly developed through five decades of her life that you feel like you know her intimately, as though you have lived next door to her your whole life. 

The story is told in first person narrative by her younger brother Danny and it is the relationship between Maeve and him that is so inspiring and loving. It is a book that will stay with you for a long time. I highly, highly recommend.

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