• Smile

  • By: Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-13-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
  • 1 out of 5 stars 1.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.
Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's for a pint, a slow one. One evening, his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick.
Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories - of Rachel, Victor's beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous - the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence - but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last minute, you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.
©2017 Roddy Doyle (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada
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Critic Reviews

"A return to form for the Dublin novelist.... [F]resh and bracing from page one.... It isn't until the final pages that the reader understands just what Doyle has done, and it might take a rereading to appreciate just how well he has done it. The understatement of the narrative makes the climax all the more devastating." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Readers anticipating Doyle's trademark wit and warmth will instead encounter a psychological mystery with an enigmatic ending that will have them flipping to the beginning looking for clues. Doyle's ability to convey so much meaning through rapid-fire dialog in the Irish vernacular is unsurpassed. His commentary about the Catholic Church, sexuality, and repression is searing." (Christine Perkins, Library Journal)
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