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A Novel

Book - 2013
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In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780812993301
0812993306
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 385 pages ;,22 cm

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January1947
Jun 15, 2018

Not sure if it is fair to make a comment, when the book was just too painful to read all the way through. One said life after another, and another, and another. Very depressing read. Not hopeful. Just a glimmer at the end -- but a glimmer that comes too late.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

The premise makes this sound much more interesting and weird, but ultimately I was disappointed by how ordinary everything is.

A very disturbing read for me. U was so depressed by the end of the book don't think i can face another read by this author. However the treatment of people suffering complex grief, especially adolescents, was probably true for that period in mental health interventions.

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pandawynne
May 01, 2015

100 pages in. LovIng this. Not a happy little read, but illyminating and sympathetic portrayal of mental illness, feminism etc

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Pisinga
Apr 21, 2015

The book is written with a wonderful language, talented.
Chapters of the book in which the events take place in the present, I found quite tedious.
It may sound blasphemous, but it is absolutely not my
intention, but in general, the plot of the book - it kind of "too much of nothing".
Off course, I mean - "Nothing" in this case - is a loose concept.

j
JMFreads
Dec 01, 2014

I loved this story. I thought it was an excellently written novel. I am eager to read Joyce's Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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lizhelboe
Aug 29, 2014

This book is difficult to rate because I think it is a good book club selection but not one I would recommend to a friend to read. It lends itself well for discussion with themes of mental illness, fate, and the ambiguity of some of the story line. It is a well written book with lots of layers in the story but the overall feel of the book is a bit depressing.

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GMMacKelvie
May 23, 2014

I borrowed this, having enjoyed Joyce's Unlikely Pilgrimage (which I found lovely). However, anyone even a bit susceptible to anxiety may find this read unbearable. What seemed a relentlessly growing thread of hallucinations and misunderstandings had me wanting to return the book asap. I stuck it out to see how it ended, and was left with a sense of grim pointlessness. Perhaps that was the point?

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Mothercat
Feb 02, 2014

I found this a sad little book overall, and think I enjoyed her Harold Fry story more - still worth reading, though.

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SPL_Laura
Dec 20, 2013

Enjoyed her first novel more but this was still entertaining though much darker. Looking forward to whatever Joyce writes next but hoping it will be a bit more hopeful.

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