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Beautiful and haunting.,
This review is from: A Greyhound of a Girl (Hardcover)
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I absolutely loved this book. It's a slim volume so I was expecting to be underawed by a lightweight story but this book is utterly amazing. It's uplifting, incredibly funny but really, really poignant. From the end of chapter 5 I was a bit tearful but by the end of chapter 6 I was cheerfully sobbing my heart out. I read the rest of the book in a haze of happy tears. It's a masterpiece of a tribute to mothers and grandmothers.
The 'greyhound of a girl' is grandmother Emer who is dying in hospital, or rather holding on in hospital. Her mother Tansey shows up to meet great grand-daughter Mary but there is a slight complication as Tansey died when Emer was three.
Despite the sad setting it's a thoroughly positive and entertaining book with lots of ghostly humour. Mary who loves Twilight and her monosyllabic teenage brothers are excellent characters and there are some brilliant flashbacks to Emer and Tanseys earlier lives.
Very highly recommended to anyone who has a grandmother, whether they got to meet them or not i.e absolutely everyone of any age.