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Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The grand-daughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. The hardback edition of This is How it Ends, her first novel, was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland for five consecutive weeks and spent nine weeks in the Top Ten bestseller list.
Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage? David thought so. But when his wife Mary Rose dies suddenly he has to think again. In reliving their twenty years together David sees that the ground beneath them had shifted and he simply hadn't noticed. Or had chosen not to. Figuring out who Mary Rose really was and the secrets that she kept - some of these hidden in plain sight - makes David wonder if he really knew her. Did he even know himself? Nothing But Blue Sky is a precise and tender story of love in marriage - a gripping examination of what binds couples together and of what keeps them apart.
This is when it begins Autumn, 2008. This is where it begins The coast of Dublin. This is why it begins Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon their newfound love will be tested in ways they never imagined possible. This is how it ends ...
Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage? David thought so. But when his wife Mary Rose dies suddenly he has to think again. In reliving their twenty years together David sees that the ground beneath them had shifted and he simply hadn't noticed. Or had chosen not to. Figuring out who Mary Rose really was and the secrets that she kept - some of these hidden in plain sight - makes David wonder if he really knew her. Did he even know himself? Nothing But Blue Sky is a precise and tender story of love in marriage - a gripping examination of what binds couples together and of what keeps them apart. ______________ 'Touching and enthralling' Sunday Times 'What a beautiful novel ... Elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true' Donal Ryan 'Heart-rending ... MacMahon's words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition' Business Post 'Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch' Irish Times 'Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel seeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness' Anne Griffin 'A beautifully written and powerful tale' Woman & Home 'A tender dissection of a marriage' Independent 'A piece of perfection ... the best book I've read all year' Irish Examiner 'Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller' Mike McCormack
From the author of Nothing But Blue Sky, longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2021 Nine Lives. Four Generations. One Family. The MacEntees are no ordinary family. Determined to be different to other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their own personalities. But when a horrifying act of violence befalls television star Alma, a chain of events is set in motion that will leave even the MacEntees struggling to make sense of who they are. As media storms rage about them and secrets rise to the surface, Deirdre the flamboyant matriarch is planning a birthday party for herself, and with it one final, shocking surprise. From Kathleen MacMahon, the Number One bestselling author of This is How it Ends, comes this powerful and poignant novel capturing a moment in the life of one family.
Die McEntees sind ein irischer Familienclan wie aus dem Bilderbuch, liebevoll, verruckt, tragisch, dickkopfig und idealistisch, und wenn es darauf ankommt, trotz aller Uneinigkeiten fureinander da. Wahrend Familienoberhaupt Deirdre ihren 80. Geburtstag plant und Irland einen ungewohnlich heien Sommer erlebt, gehen die McEntees durch so manchen Sturm: Da ist der Diebstahl einer Pfeffermuhle mit unvorhersehbaren Folgen, ein offentlicher Eklat, eine neue und eine alte Liebe und schlielich ein tragischer Unfall, der alles andere belanglos erscheinen lasst. Am Ende werden die McEntees tun, was eine Familie eben tut: sich gegenseitig wieder aufrichten. Und wir verabschieden uns mit dem wunderbaren Gefuhl, fur eine Weile Teil dieser Familie gewesen zu sein.
Ein Mann kommt nach Irland, auf der Suche nach seinen Wurzeln - Bruno, fast 50 Jahre alt und desillusioniert. Die Karriere des Amerikaners wurde jah beendet, und er steht vor dem Nichts. Da begegnet ihm Addie, verletzt und verletzlich. Vom Leben enttauscht, trostet sie sich mit Schwimmen und langen Spaziergangen am Meer mit ihrem Hund. Zunachst erkennt sie Bruno nicht als das, was er ist: die Liebe ihres Lebens. Vorsichtig nur, tastend und voller Angst bewegen sich die beiden aufeinander zu und erleben das Wunder der Liebe. Doch da ist es beinahe schon zu spat ...