Synopses & Reviews
A tale of grief and lust, frustration and hilarity, death and family
Penelope OGrady and Cara Wall are risking disaster when, like teenagers in any intolerant time and place—here, a Dublin convent school in the late 1970s—they fall in love. Yet Cara, the free spirit, and Pen, the stoic, craft a bond so strong it seems as though nothing could sever it: not the bickering, not the secrets, not even Caras infidelities.
But thirteen years on, a car crash kills Cara and rips the lid off Pens world. Pen is still in the closet, teaching at her old school, living under the roof of Caras gentle father, who thinks of her as his daughters friend. How can she survive widowhood without even daring to claim the word? Over the course of one surreal week of bereavement, she is battered by memories that range from the humiliating, to the exalted, to the erotic, to the funny. It will take Pen all her intelligence and wit to sort through her tumultuous past with Cara, and all the nerve she can muster to start remaking her life.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Room,Emma Donoghue, Hood is a graceful tale of a young woman who must come toterms with love and loss in the wake of her partners sudden passing. The NewYork Times Book Review calls Hood “utterly charming,” writing that,“Ms. Donoghue displays her confidence by avoiding the grandiose and the showy,and dipping into the ordinary with control and the occasional sustainingdescriptive flashes of a born writer.” For readers of Jeanette Wintersons Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and JoyceCarol Oatess The Widows Story, Donoghues Hood is a masterfullycrafted narrative of relationships and a daring, deft exploration of the lovesimperfection—and how it can nonetheless dominate our lives as we grow andchange.
About the Author
EMMA DONOGHUE has published six novels, including the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Slammerkin, Life Mask and The Sealed Letter, which was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Her most recent book, Room, won the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Governor Generals Award and the Man Booker Prize. Born in Ireland, Donoghue lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two children. Visit the author online at <>.