A searing novel about longing, intimacy, and obsession from the award-winning author of Solace.
When they meet in Dublin in the late '90s, Catherine and James become close friends. She is a sheltered college student, he an adventurous, charismatic young artist. In a city brimming with possibilities, he spurs her to take life on with gusto. But as Catherine opens herself to new experiences, James' life becomes a prison, walled off by a truth he feels unable to share. When crisis hits, Catherine finds herself at the mercy of uncontrollable feelings, leading her to jeopardize everything.
By turns exhilarating and devastating, Tender is an exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and others. A high-wire act with psychological insights, this daring novel confirms McKeon as a major voice in Irish fiction, alongside the masterful Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright.
"McKeon is a superb and sophisticated writer, who captures the barely articulable feelings between young people on the brink of adulthood." [The Times (UK)]
"A perceptive, unexpectedly moving novel about friendship and love and all the heart-stopping moments in between." (Jenny Offill, best-selling author of Dept. of Speculation)
"Belinda McKeon writes like a dream, and Tender proves that she belongs among the most revered novelists working today." (Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock)
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This book is excruciatingly boring