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Final de ilginçti böyle bir son düşünmemiştim aslında yazarın başarısı da bu ; okuyucuya fırsat vermiyor ne olabileceği hakkında düşünmesine.

In the wardrobe she finds a box with some letters that appear to be written by her father, a man whom she has never known, who she believes passed away when she was but an infant. No spoilers here, but the plot is intriguing, and the truth revealed proves that life sometimes prepares for us most extraordinary surprises, just like for Elizabeth. As for Elizabeth, “back in New York, she had felt guilty for not missing her mother more, but in this house she felt her absence like a physical ache”. Finding that she has time on her own she decides to delve into her mother's past and the book switches between Elizabeth and Patrica's stories respectively.I cannot say much here it would ruin the story ,very sad thread in it and a desperate act that tore lives apart. We certainly didn't see it coming and when it arrives it will knock the chair right out from under you. Compelling, well-written with a great eye for human foibles it is undoubtedly highly readable but for me lacked substance and there isn’t much more to the novel than what becomes pretty obvious early on. It’s a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present. The book goes back and forward in time telling the story from both Elizabeth in present day and her mother Patricia in the past.

That things take a far darker turn is obvious but just how far-fetched they become was a disappointment. This is the 2nd novel I have read by Graham Norton and once again I am so impressed with his writing. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light. It's a bit of a roller coaster of discoveries and reveals, balancing between darkness and kindness all the way. You will be surprised at many points, and you will carry on reading because you want to know what happened as much as Elizabeth does.The sense of Patricia’s isolation as a single parent in 1970s rural Ireland is sensitively handled, while in both the present and past sections, the politics of small-town communities are captured with insight and precision.

Born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, Norton's first big TV appearance was as Father Noel Furlong on Channel 4's Father Ted in the early 1990s. Maybe I have been reading too much Tana French and Maeve Binchy, but the book didn't feel "Irish" to me. He is visiting his gay father, Elliot in California, a man he has seen little of since his parents acrimonious split. She is dealing w/the loss of her mom and also with her teen son, whose situation is complicated because she is raising him alone.The house is in dilapidated state and more worryingly, infested with rats which scuppers Elizabeth's plan for residing there for the short duration of her stay. She comes across some handwritten letters to her mother from a man by the name of Edward Foley in Cork. Elizabeth is left reeling as she delves in her mother's life, her unsettling romance with her father, Edward Foley, a farmer living in a remote area by the sea. While I certainly understood Elizabeth's quest for information, I felt she was a fairly impulsive character.

Maybe because she had been away for so long, but there's no mention of her having an accent or how her relatives sound, etc. The morning after arriving at her mother's home, she discovers letters from an Edward Foley hidden in the armoire; could this be her father?Her mother has been dead for five months, and Patricia still finds herself setting the table for two.

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