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ISBN13: 9780060971472
ISBN10: 0060971479
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A sleeper hit when first published in 1986, Jeannette Haien's exquisite, beloved first novel is a deceptively simple story that has the power and resonance of myth. The story begins on a rainy morning as Father Declan de Loughry stands fishing in an Irish salmon stream, pondering the recent deathbed confession of one of his parishioners. Kevin Dennehy and his wife, Enda, have been sweetly living a lie for some 50 years, a lie the full extent of which Father Declan learns only when Enda finally confides "the all of it." Her tale of suffering mesmerizes the priest, who recognizes that it is also a tale of sin and scandal, a transgression he cannot ignore. The resolution of his dilemma is a triumph of strength and empathy that, as Benedict Kiely has said, makes The All of It "a book to remember."

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"One of the year's finest novels, a moral story of the most complex sort." Peter Prescott, Newsweek

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"Within this brief, artfully woven novel are two stories. Kevin and Enda have escaped from their mad father and found refuge in a tiny Irish village, where they live as man and wife. Fifty years later, Kevin's death impels Enda to confess to Father Declan, a world-weary priest who finds his escape in salmon fishing. The moral commitment of the couple, and their devotion to freedom and the natural life, remain in the priest's mind as he struggles through the intricacies of netting a salmon. Haien, an American pianist, entirely captures both the essence of life in the rural west of Ireland and the many shadings of the conflict between official morality and the private compromises we must make to live out our lives. A compact, lyrical gem; one wishes it were longer. Highly recommended." Library Journal

About the Author

Jeannette Haien is the author of the acclaimed novel The All of It , winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to her career as a writer, Jeannette Haien is well known as a concert pianist and teacher. She and her husband, a lawyer, live in New York City and Connemara, Ireland.

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Amy Sawatzky, August 5, 2015 (view all comments by Amy Sawatzky)
3.5+ stars. Read due to a passionate endorsement from Ann Patchett, whom I admire.
This is a small, simple-seeming novella about a confession and the impact of the conversation on the receiving priest. Though the confession lies at the heart of the tale, the 'reveal' is actually barely touched on and doesn't really ripple through the tale or the reader, though it is keenly felt by the priest. Really, this is a vehicle to describe - in gorgeous prose - first independence, isolation, love of the land and yearning. So while the plot might lose some points with me, the turns of phrase and the empathy elicited caused me to enjoy the book deeply.

The confessor is Enda, a 60-something, simply-speaking parishioner who struggles to read and had no family other than her recently departed husband Kevin. She is able to express their experiences as children so beautifully though one can't help but admire her as when describing Kevin's reaction to his first truly-free view from a hillock:

"...he sat mute, in a paralysis of involvement , as might a man who hears a call from the dead and desires passionately to answer but cannot, being caught unready, and too amazed, and too glad for belief."

Meanwhile the audience, Father Declan, who stands in for the reader, falls into a sort of spell of breath-held wonder at the scenes Enda describes and the range of emotions she reflects upon that still radiate from her person. For in the few days that the scenes unfold, death is all around - at the actual deathbed, the wake, the funeral - and Enda is bursting with life. Everything else pales.
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gdietz, January 27, 2009 (view all comments by gdietz)
A great little one-night-read that makes me feel like I've been to Ireland. A great story, very well told. I love reading moral dilemmas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060971472
Author:
Haien, Jeannette
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Confession
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
bd. 8, nr. 9
Publication Date:
19871216
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.02x5.35x.42 in. .28 lbs.

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"Review" by , "One of the year's finest novels, a moral story of the most complex sort."
"Review" by , "Within this brief, artfully woven novel are two stories. Kevin and Enda have escaped from their mad father and found refuge in a tiny Irish village, where they live as man and wife. Fifty years later, Kevin's death impels Enda to confess to Father Declan, a world-weary priest who finds his escape in salmon fishing. The moral commitment of the couple, and their devotion to freedom and the natural life, remain in the priest's mind as he struggles through the intricacies of netting a salmon. Haien, an American pianist, entirely captures both the essence of life in the rural west of Ireland and the many shadings of the conflict between official morality and the private compromises we must make to live out our lives. A compact, lyrical gem; one wishes it were longer. Highly recommended."
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