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The Misremembered Man [Kindle Edition]

Christina McKenna
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The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy.

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About the Author

Christina McKenna grew up in County Derry, Northern Ireland. She received an honors degree in Fine Art from the Belfast College of Art, and studied postgraduate English at the University of Ulster. The Misremembered Man is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597760
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; Reprint edition (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (916 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christina McKenna grew up near the village of Draperstown, Co Derry, Northern Ireland. She trained as an artist before becoming a full-time author.

Her first book, the memoir "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", was published to great critical acclaim in 2004. It was described as a "redemptive postscript to over a decade of Irish childhood memoirs, concluding that our past, no matter how painful, need not keep us bound."

It was followed by two non-fiction titles dealing with the paranormal: "The Dark Sacrament" and "Ireland's Haunted Women".

Her first novel, "The Misremembered Man", published in the United States in 2008, is a tragicomedy set in the fictional village of Tailorstown. Contrary to certain press reports, the film rights to this title have not been sold.

A sequel, "The Disenchanted Widow", set largely in the same fictional village of Tailorstown, was published in August 2013.

Christina is currently working on the third novel in the Tailorstown series. Entitled "The Godforsaken Daughter", it's scheduled for publication in 2015.

She's also updated and revised her 2004 memoir, "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", which is now available both as a paperback and a Kindle.

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Praise for "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress".

"There have been many books recalling Irish childhoods published over the last few years, but this one stands out among the rest for the brilliance of the writing".

Irish Emigrant

"Lyrical and elegiac but never sentimental . . . "


Praise for "The Misremembered Man"

"McKenna's ability to create real human drama . . . reminded me of Brian Moore's simply wonderful The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn."

The Washington Times

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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Misremembered Man 17 July 2012
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Jamie McCloone is 41 and single. He lives alone on a farm which is filthy and not at all well kept. In many ways he is the stereotype of an Irish country bachelor, scared of women and married to the drink. Lydia Devine is also 41 and single, living at home with her domineering mother but at least free from the restrictions placed on her by her dominating Presbyterian father, now dead. How these two come together is the subject matter of this novel.

I thought it was a strange book, undecided whether to be misery memoir, romance or comedy. Some parts were very funny but I felt a little uncomfortable at times, as if I was laughing at someone rather than with them. The narrative is interspersed with scenes from Jamie's past which help to explain the way he is.

Jamie and Lydia are likeable characters which helps to elevate the novel slightly and the ending is different to what we are led to expect from the outset so some points for that.
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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 15 Nov. 2008
By C. Slon
Can't but agree with the other reviewers. It's rare to come across a book
with a great story and great writing. Jamie McCloone is a lonely farmer
living in Northern Ireland. When the novel opens he is suffering from
depression and is suicidal, but his friendly neighbour, Rose, comes to the
rescue. She encourages him to answer a Lonely Hearts ad. Jamie does just
that and his life is changed for the better and forever.

It is a very funny and moving story which made me laugh and cry at the same time. I understand that it is going to be made into a movie. I only hope that the film makers can do justice to such a wonderful book.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sincere and well-meant, but not much to like 7 Feb. 2014
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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To be fair, this isn't the sort of book I'd usually read, but it was a free download and I'm happy to try anything. I'd actually forgotten all about it until an email asked me if I wanted to write a review.
Well, not really - but just out of curiosity I thought I'd find out what the general opinion of it was. To my astonishment I saw that it's had over five hundred four and five star reviews, and mostly proper ones, too, not suspicious 'This is really good and you should buy it' one-liners.
Which prompted me to stand in solidarity alongside the dozen or so fellow readers who only gave it one star, too. The author is obviously sincere and well-meaning, but apart from that, I could find nothing to like about this tale of how two middle-aged outsiders, an odd farmer and a lonely schoolteacher, get together (though not in the way you might think) in rural Ireland.
It's a slow, clunky read, with an outdated and patronising tone. There are pages and pages of dull detail and corny Oirish dialogue - like the 20 Kindle pages devoted to farmer Jamie and his neighbour Rose working out a reply to a lonely hearts "advertmint" in the local paper ("Just the thing, so it is, God, but you're powerful good at the writin' ...") I found it borderline offensive - people don't talk like this in modern Ireland, do they? Is it meant to be funny?
These scenes alternate in a very discordant and heavy-handed way with the grim flashbacks to a cruel orphanage upbringing, more suited to the sort of misery-lit biographies that always seem to be on sale in my local Asda. (Though I don't suppose it's the author's fault that scenes like this, set in Magdalen laundries and orphanages, have been done to death in print and on screen in recent years).
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarmingly funny and heartbreakingly sad 20 Jan. 2013
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This is a beautifully understated book about two lonely souls who are searching for, if not necessarily love, then certainly companionship.

Jamie McCloone is a bachelor farmer in his early 40s, living alone in rural Ireland since the death of his beloved Uncle Mick and Aunt Alice. It's fair to say he's set in his ways - the farmhouse is a tip and his personal hygiene leaves a lot to be desired. With a little encouragement from his best friends, Rose and Paddy McFadden, Jamie decides to look for love via the lonely hearts column in his local newspaper. The lucky lady whose ad Jamie responds to is 41 year old spinster Lydia Devine, tired of being at the beck and call of her domineering mother and anxious to find a `plus one' to take to the wedding of an old schoolfriend.

The compassionate portrayal of Jamie and Lydia's search for a soulmate is heartwarmingly funny and achingly poignant. The cast of weird and wonderful supporting characters is just as vivid and endearing as the two leads, and the repartee between them is hilarious at times. It's not all laughs though, there are flashbacks to the brutal children's homes of the 1930s where one young boy is living a hellish existence at the hands of the Catholic authorities.

Christina McKenna has a wonderful ear for dialogue and a talent for observing awkward social situations and unspoken intimacies between friends (the scene near the end with Jamie and Paddy in the barn was just heartbreaking). I finished the book with a tear in my eye but also a bit of a warm and fuzzy feeling too. I absolutely loved this tender and humorous story about two lonely people, which was perfectly balanced with darker moments of pathos and sadness. I'm sure it's going to make my top 5 books of the year.
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