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This has to be the best book I've listened to this year, and it just might be the best ever. And I've read SO many good ones this year. The narrator makes the book. I can't even imagine how it might read. She did such a fabulous job with the different voices and the emotions. And the writing! I can see why the Irish Times called Lisa McInerney "arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today." Definitely one of the most talented authors working anywhere today.
I rarely listen so carefully to a book, but I didn't want to miss a thing. The dialogues are some of the best I've heard. When Maureen tells off the Catholic priest, I just stopped what I was doing until she was done and then paused it to try to take it all in. The descriptions and metaphors are original and spot on. And it was funny, and dark, and gut-wrenching, and hopeful. The only other author I've 'read' who has such compassion for their characters is Russell Banks. I wait with a child-like, Christmas morning excitement for the next book from Lisa McInerney!
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This plot is like a rushing stream. It just does not stop.
The main characters--Ryan, Tony, Maureen, Georgie, even Jimmy--are all deeply flawed, and yet I rooted for each of them. Even the weak characters have a kind of defiant strength that pulls the story along.
The butterfly effect and the half-mad crone are time-honored literary traditions. But Lisa McInerney's touch is so light that you almost don't notice the story's scaffolding until the near-end.
Many current authors seem incapable of ending novels gracefully. The body of the story may be good enough, but the conclusions seem thrown together.
Not here. The denoument is nothing I would have imagined. It rounds out the story like a good after-dinner brandy. Oh, and pay attention to Maureen's coda.
Shelley Atkinson's narration is pitch-perfect. She even sounds true as she does the angry and the weepy passages.
Here's hoping for more stories from McInerney. And if they're narrated by Atkinson, so much the better.
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