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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571270530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571270538
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Caldwell s skills as a playwright keep the narrative moving with a breathless intensity, and her analysis of the nature of belief and the places, people and situations from which it springs, and through which it might also perish, is sharply perceptive and moving.' --Irish Times

'Caldwell marries the personal and political with impressive effect ... this beautifully written novel addresses the momentous subjects of love and loss, and faith and betrayal, with a calm and quiet grace.' --Sunday Times

'Lucy Caldwell's moving second novel opens with the wedding of Ruth Armstrong, a young minister's wife. But rather than describing the ceremony, Caldwell produces a graceful piece of writing about the natural world around the small Northern Irish church. Her focus is characteristic of The Meeting Point: what is important is less the event itself than the impressions and feelings that cluster around it. As Caldwell shows in precise, crystalline prose, even the most generous act conceals webs of betrayal and every moment of happiness subsists through disappointment ... The climax is skilfully constructed: tense, painful and ultimately redemptive. Beautifully written, The Meeting Point is a passionate, sensitive exploration of the lies that make family life possible and the compromises contained in every expression of love.' -- Kate Williams, Financial Times

'The dialogue of this award-winning playwright crackles with dramatic energy. Repressed desire and resentment bubble beneath the surface, threatening to wreak havoc. Casting her net further than the limitations of expat existence, Caldwell masters the development of individuals through life experience, human interaction and the decisions we must make, and then live with. The Meeting Point is a skilful piece of craftsmanship with an emotional charge that is both cathartic and moving. It will stay with you.' --Freya McClelland, Independent

'The Meeting Point is compulsively readable. Its technical accomplishment, incrementally raising suspense, involving us in its characters' desires and designs, attests to Caldwell's skills as a playwright. The novel is an exercise in point of view: narrative technique mimics the fractured state of mind of a world at war with itself. Alternating perspectives reveal both the inner ambivalence of Caldwell's deracinated female characters and the baffled estrangement of religious cultures.' --Stevie Davies, Guardian

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Set against the stifling backdrop of expat life in Bahrain, The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell is a compellingly readable novel of love and loss, faith and betrayal.

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