Solace by Belinda McKeown
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Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Sunday Independent Best Newcomer of the Year Award for 2011 and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2011.
Mark Casey did not expect to fall in love. But from the minute he saw Joanne Lynch across the garden of a Dublin pub, it seemed that nothing else was possible. Soon they start a relationship that is as chaotic and exciting as the city they share. But Mark is also drawn back guiltily to his family and the land they have farmed for generations and he discovers the truth behind a feud that threatens to destroy this passionate love affair. Just as they appear to have brought the warring factions together, one single tragic moment undoes everything.
Solace is a beautiful, breathtaking story about the city and the country, the old and the new, the thrill of new love and the inescapable bond between parents and children. 'A novel of quiet power, filled with moments of carefully-told truth' Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn
'Elegant, consuming and richly inspired. Superb.' Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
'Powerful and beautifully paced ...I was totally gripped.' Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost
'A wonderful novel. I was deeply moved. Outstanding.' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas