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Grace notes

By: MacLaverty, Bernard

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0099778017 / 9780099778011
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20 cm 276 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1997.

Returning to Belfast after a long absense, to attend her father's funeral.

Catherine McKenna - a young composer - remembers exactly why she left: the claustrophobic intimacies of the Catholic enclave, her fastidious, nagging mother, and the pervading tensions of a city at war with itself.

She remembers a more innocent time, when the Loyalists Lambeg drums sounded mysterious and exciting; she remembers her shattered relationship with the drunken, violent Dave, she remembers the child she had with him, waiting back in Glasgow.

This is a novel, about coming to terms with the past and the healing power of music, "Grace Notes" is a master story-teller's triumphant return to the long form: a powerful lyrical novel of great distinction.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


S 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year Award Novel Category
S 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction

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