Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories that resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their vacation comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are - and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.
Bernard MacLaverty is a master storyteller, and this is the essential MacLaverty novel: compassionate observation, elegant writing, and a heartrending story. It is also a profound examination of human love and how we live together - a chamber piece of resonance and power.
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Profound study of a marriage.
Profound, tender, moving.
Yes. The book sets up the conflict quite early and the characterization deepens at the same rate as the story develops always leaving one asking the question: what happened to these people and what will happen next.
Gerry was my favorite. Stella sounded a little bit like Marge Simpson with an Ulster accent.
Ultimately, Stella has the most dramatic arc.
This is the first book I've read or listened to by this author and I have since TBR'd all his books.