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The Truth about Loveby Josephine Hart
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It opens in a small Irish town in the 1960s with the accidental death of a teenage boy who commits one final, heartrending act of love.
Then: three brilliantly realized voices—the boy’s mother, his older sister, a German expat neighbor—speak the story into existence. Their descriptions of the aftermath of the boy’s death mix with meditations and conversations about other loves tested, twisted, or lost—in the past and forward, through the next forty years—as they struggle to make sense of tragedy: the boy’s, their own, their countries’.
In Sissy, the mother, we see how the desperate love of her husband and the delicate bravery of her daughter lure her away from her profound grief. In Thomas—“the German” to his neighbors—we see a man who knows all too well that “after a tragedy, many survivors are lost.” In Olivia, the boy’s sister, we see someone who remains intent on embracing the “weapon of memory.”
These voices speak with piercing emotion and intellect and, in Josephine Hart’s deft hands, they describe whole lives. Moment by moment we come to understand how these men and women are shaped in essential ways by the boy’s death, by their inherent characters, and by what they learn from one another about loss and love—and what it takes to bear them both.
The dramatic death of a teenage boy in a small 1960s Irish community finds the youth's mother struggling through her grief with the help of her family, his sister embracing her memories to shield herself from the intensity of her feelings, and their German ex-pat neighbor sympathetically meditating on the wider implications of loss.
The accidental death of a teenage boy has a profound effect on a small Irish town in this compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Damage. As Sissy, the boy'smother, struggles to overcome her senseless loss, her daughter, Olivia, works to keep her brother's memory alive in a swiftly changing country. And Thomas--known as The German tohis neighbors--is drawn into the family's grief, forcing him to confront the past that has brought him to Ireland and a new crossroads.
A brilliant meditation on love, loss, and the beauty of living even when times are tough, The Truth About Love shows us how men and women are shaped by tragedy, by their inherent characters, and by what they are able to learn from oneanother.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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