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The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually

by Helen Cullen

The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually Synopsis

'There's a crack in everything, it's how the light gets in' Leonard Cohen 'I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character - and when I reached the end, I wept. It is just glorious. A sweeping family safe and, at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths On an island off the west coast of Ireland, the Moone family are poised for celebration - but are instead shattered by tragedy. Murtagh Moone is a potter and devoted husband to Maeve, an actor struggling with her most challenging role yet as mother to their four children. Now Murtagh must hold his family close as we bear witness to their story before that night. We return to the day Maeve and Murtagh meet, outside Trinity College in Dublin, and watch how one love story gives rise to another. As the Moone children learn who their parents truly are, we journey onwards with them to a future that none of the Moones can predict. Except perhaps Maeve herself.

The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually Press Reviews

I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love * A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird * Deeply moving * Irish Times * Delightful * Sunday Times * If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there * Independent * Praise for Helen Cullen * - * Such a tender read. Astute and compassionate, it made me cry. It's full of love. And it's quietly magnificent -- Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds A beautiful novel - Helen Cullen writes with such deft care and attention about the things that hold us together when everything falls apart -- Ronan Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul Beautifully-observed [...] charts a family across 37 years, living through a tragedy on a remote island; portraying mental health and the fall-out around it with enormous humanity and integrity. Tonally reminiscent of recent Colm Toibin -- Caoilinn Hughes, author of The Orchid and The Wasp A powerful and poignant narrative told over a lifetime; exploring unconditional love, heartbreak and the beautiful flaws of human nature set within a family unit. (Cullen) is an astute and empathic writer and an incredible voice in Irish literature. You'll fall in love with the Moone family and they will linger in your heart long after you read the final pages -- Cat Hogan, author of They All Fall Down and There Was A Crooked Man So wonderful on the Irish family and the utter complexity of motherhood, family entanglement and love -- Elaine Feeney, poet and author of As You Were I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character - and when I reached the end, I wept. It is just glorious. A sweeping family safe and, at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love -- Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

Book Information

ISBN: 9780718189211
Publication date: 14th May 2020
Author: Helen Cullen
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 432 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Helen Cullen

Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London. She is the author of The Lost Letters of William Woolf which has been optioned for television. She was shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. To learn more, please visit www.helencullen.ie

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