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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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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.

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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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pinkcar
Dec 17, 2013

A powerful, compassionate story that includes a portrait of a man struggling with OCD. The marriage depicted in the first half of the book is one of the most chilling ever written. I read this beautifully written novel in two sittings, the psychological tension was terrific. Great commentary on class, money, family and mental illness.

ohtethys Dec 10, 2013

After the funny, optimistic book that was the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I was so looking forward to this new novel. Unfortunately, I just found it to be so sad with none of the humour and inspiration to balance it out.

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AllisonCasa
Nov 25, 2013

I found it to be a bit predictable. Interesting read but not as good as I thought it would be.

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