Instructions for A Heatwave

Instructions for A Heatwave

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July, 1976. One morning Robert Riordan tells his wife, Gretta, that he is going around the corner to buy a newspaper.</ He doesn't return.</ Drawn back home to London to help solve the mystery, Gretta's grown-up children fit awkwardly into their childhood roles, and tensions run high. Each is at a turning point in his or her life. The eldest, Michael Francis, is increasingly estranged from his wife by parenthood and his guilt over a brief affair. Monica's performance as a perfect stepmother is convincing no one; and Aoife, the black sheep of the family, is finding that even in New York she can't hide from the secret that has set her apart since childhood.</ A journey back to Connemara, Ireland, brings surprises, insights and revelations, as each of them confronts the knotty tangle of family life and love. Elegant and compelling, <Instructions for a Heatwave</ secures Maggie O'Farrell's position as one of the best of the new generation of Irish writers.</ Praise for <Instructions for a Heatwave</</ "Here is an author whose depth and insight hover just below the surface of an apparently effortless lightness. ... There is a deliciousness to this novel, a warmth and readability that render it unputdownable and will surely make it a hit. She's done it again." '<The Guardian</</ "This is a novel about what we say and what other people hear; about families; what we don't tell each other and what we do; the compromises and accommodations we make and what happens when we build our lives around half-truths. It's thoroughly absorbing and beautifully written." '<The Daily Mail</<
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2013
ISBN: 9781443418256
1443418250
1443418250
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ownedbydoxies
Mar 27, 2018

This is like an Irish version of an Anne Tyler book: funny, readable, likeable and well-written. A very enjoyable read.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

When Gretta’s husband leaves home and doesn’t come back, she calls her three adult children home to help. They arrive to a record-breaking heatwave, and no idea how to find their dad.

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Sansha
Jan 27, 2017

Another enjoyable read by Maggie O'Farrell. Set within a dysfunctional Irish family who must come together after the disappearance of their husband/father.

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heinrij
Aug 21, 2015

If you enjoy Irish families bickering,(I don't), this is the book for you. Some sex and bad languaage. I would rate it M for mature.

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empbee
Apr 01, 2015

Good beginning, slow middle, very good revelation. Familiar family issues in good setting spiced with some mystery. Enjoyable read.

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uncommonreader
Aug 20, 2014

Set during the UK drought of 1976, a father's disappearance brings together his estranged children. Although there is a mystery, which is resolved in Connemara, the novel is about family relationships. The mother is particularly well portrayed. A little disappointing compared to O'Farrell's other novels.

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

loveablelibrarian Apr 23, 2014

A really smooth read full of interesting characters and intriguing setting. Recommended!

madison382 Mar 16, 2014

Really enjoyed her style of writing.

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finn75
Jan 17, 2014

A family comes together in the face of a crisis despite their own personal turmoils. Funny and sweet. Abrupt ending but an enjoyable read.

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