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Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy. But then he took them both to Winterwood. And it would never be the same again...

In Patrick McCabe's spellbinding new novel, nothing — and no one — are ever quite what they seem. When Hatch, devoted husband and father, revisits the secluded mountains where he grew up, he meets Auld Pappie Ned. While he claims to be just a harmless local fiddler, a teller of tall tales, Ned sets off a cataclysmic chain of events in Redmond's life. From the mysterious disappearance of Redmond's daughter to the reluctant remembrance of a troubled boyhood to secret glimpses into an unstable marriage, everything soon spirals out of control. Narrated with hypnotic precision and fractured lyricism, Winterwood is a disturbing and unforgettable tale of love, death and identity from a masterful novelist.

Review:

"Freelance writer Redmond Hatch loves his young wife, Catherine — he is 40 and she is 22 when they wed in 1981 — and adores his infant daughter, Imogen, but in Irish author McCabe's eighth novel (his prior work included Breakfast on Pluto and The Butcher Boy, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Redmond's happy slice of the world cruelly crumbles. A few years into wedded bliss, Redmond's wife cuckolds and then divorces him; he feigns suicide, assumes a false identity and disappears into a sad-sack life that spirals sharply downward after he reads a newspaper account of the suicide of convicted child murderer (and creepy acquaintance) Ned Strange: Redmond's suddenly haunted by nightmares and hallucinations in which Ned molests him. He stalks his former family and, in 1991, kidnaps and kills his estranged daughter, burying her in the isolated countryside — their imaginary 'winterwood' — and visiting her grave over the next decade. Redmond, however, has yet to bottom out. Despite a fractured, hard-to-follow chronology, this tale about a man's descent into madness is both artfully repellent and hypnotically compelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Creepy....Like Stephen King's The Shining, this novel is terrifying in its exploration of what can happen to seemingly ordinary people in bizarre situations." Booklist

Review:

"[S]trangely absorbing Irish novel....[E]ngrossing reading...an antidote to images of emerald hills and laughing leprechauns. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Unremittingly bleak — provokes a reaction but ultimately feels hollow." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"McCabe is...more intense than [Stephen] King (or just about anyone else), and his characters are so trapped inside their own skulls that his novels can feel hermetically sealed. In the past, he's balanced that with an appealing dark humor, but in Winterwood he settles for urgent, sustained apprehension." Gregory Cowles, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The novel is chilling yet demands to be read to its end." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

In this spellbinding new novel by the acclaimed author of The Butcher Boy, nothing — and no one — are ever quite what they seem. Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy. But then he took them both to Winterwood. And it would never be the same again.

About the Author

Patrick McCabe was born in Ireland in 1955. His novels include The Butcher Boy, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize and made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Neil Jordan, and Breakfast On Pluto, published in 1998, also on the Booker Prize shortlist. He lives in Sligo with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596911635
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
McCabe, Patrick
Author:
McCabe, Pat
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Mountain life
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Ireland
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
January 23, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Freelance writer Redmond Hatch loves his young wife, Catherine — he is 40 and she is 22 when they wed in 1981 — and adores his infant daughter, Imogen, but in Irish author McCabe's eighth novel (his prior work included Breakfast on Pluto and The Butcher Boy, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Redmond's happy slice of the world cruelly crumbles. A few years into wedded bliss, Redmond's wife cuckolds and then divorces him; he feigns suicide, assumes a false identity and disappears into a sad-sack life that spirals sharply downward after he reads a newspaper account of the suicide of convicted child murderer (and creepy acquaintance) Ned Strange: Redmond's suddenly haunted by nightmares and hallucinations in which Ned molests him. He stalks his former family and, in 1991, kidnaps and kills his estranged daughter, burying her in the isolated countryside — their imaginary 'winterwood' — and visiting her grave over the next decade. Redmond, however, has yet to bottom out. Despite a fractured, hard-to-follow chronology, this tale about a man's descent into madness is both artfully repellent and hypnotically compelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Creepy....Like Stephen King's The Shining, this novel is terrifying in its exploration of what can happen to seemingly ordinary people in bizarre situations."
"Review" by , "[S]trangely absorbing Irish novel....[E]ngrossing reading...an antidote to images of emerald hills and laughing leprechauns. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Unremittingly bleak — provokes a reaction but ultimately feels hollow."
"Review" by , "McCabe is...more intense than [Stephen] King (or just about anyone else), and his characters are so trapped inside their own skulls that his novels can feel hermetically sealed. In the past, he's balanced that with an appealing dark humor, but in Winterwood he settles for urgent, sustained apprehension."
"Review" by , "The novel is chilling yet demands to be read to its end."
"Synopsis" by , In this spellbinding new novel by the acclaimed author of The Butcher Boy, nothing — and no one — are ever quite what they seem. Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy. But then he took them both to Winterwood. And it would never be the same again.
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