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The House of Memories Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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'McInerney set out to write about a 21st century blended family and this she does well' Daily Express 'Exquisitely written' Ulster Tatler 'Very moving ... There is an endearing warmth to the narrative and characters, and the underlining themes of family and forgiveness are uplifting and hopeful' Australian Bookseller & Publisher 'McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing them with unique voices, perfectly tuned, making them authentically flawed and carving out their losses and gains with a realism that resonates deeply. Full of heart and exquisitely written pain, this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some stories just carry you along with them and make you truly care about the fate of the characters, long after you leave the last page, and The House of Memories is one of those books' Bord Gais Bookclub, Ireland 'A touching and life-affirming tale of family bonds, tragic loss, forgiveness and the power of love' Adelaide Advertiser 'A wonderful novel with compelling emotional depth ... there is as much heart and warmth in The House of Memories as there is angst and drama ... touches of delightful humour too' Book'd Out '... filled with humour and sadness in equal measure, The House of Memories is an emotional see-saw that had even this battle-hardened reader reaching for a tissue' West Australian 'A wonderfully emotional and tense novel all about what happens when you try to bury grief ... McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life. Her characters never take the easy way out and she loves exploring ethical dilemmas. This is a novel that asks all the most painful questions ... Mesmerising' Red Magazine, UK 'An exceptionally absorbing story, told in most engaging prose. Heartbreaking, yet lovely' Image Magazine, Ireland
'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.' (Cosmopolitan)
'A lovely, warm-hearted story with likeable, human characters and a wonderful, wonderful ending.' (The Newcastle Herald)
'A charming and exciting family drama, full or surprises.' (Evening Herald) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And surely everyone would love to have a charming eccentric uncle like Lucas!
This was the first book I have read by this writer but certainly won't be the last. (Have already ordered another!)
Written in a tender flowing prose that takes you on the journey of a family in crisis trying to find their way; an exceptionally moving story of loss, grief, redemption and forgiveness.
Told from the perspective of each of the major characters it keenly portrays how one terrible accident resulting in the death of a child can impact the people it touches in so many different ways and the varying ways people have of dealing with grief.
For some inexplicable reason I could not muster much of an affinity with any of the characters with the exception of Ella's uncle Lucas who seemed to take on the focal point of the story when in fact he was not the main character at all.
This is a well crafted story dealing with a very difficult subject matter, written with great sensitivity. At 473 pages maybe it was just too much.
Ella was living the perfect live in Australia; happily married to husband Aidan, who she'd met through her English uncle Lucas, with a gorgeous baby son Felix who she idolised and a job she loved.
The one person she has always been able to rely on for love and support is her uncle Lucas; he's been there for her when her parents split up, when her mother, Meredith, married Walter and she gained step-brother Charlie, when her father died and when her half-sister Jess was born.
But then one day her whole world was turned upside down and the only way she could cope with her pain was to run away... from Aidan, her family, everyone.
During this time she'd take on meaningless jobs to keep herself busy to try and block her memories but nothing can stop the hurt and pain she's feeling. Although she does keep in sporadic email contact with Charlie, Lucas, Meredith and Walter, she cuts off contact completely with the two people she holds responsible... Aidan and Jess.
Eventually Ella takes up Lucas' offer to come to London to spend time with him and whilst there he slowly works on her to try and get her to talk through the events of the day to see that it truly was a terrible accident and that no-one was to blame. Will she ever be able to accept this though and forgive Aidan and Jess?
Although this story is told mainly from Ella's standpoint, we do also get to see how both Aidan and Jess are feeling. It's a very emotional story and one that could so easily happen in any loving family which is why it's feels so realistic.
Monica McInerney is a fairly new author to me as I'd never read any of her books before this year but she is definitely an author whose books I will be looking out for in the future.
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