An irresistible love story, an unforgettable family. Best-selling author Maggie OFarrell captures an extraordinary marriage with insight and laugh-out-loud humor in what Richard Russo calls her breakout book. Perfect for readers of Whered You Go, Bernadette.
Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive exfilm star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Claudette was once the most glamorous and infamous woman in cinema before she staged her own disappearance and retreated to blissful seclusion in an Irish farmhouse.
But the life Daniel and Claudette have so carefully constructed is about to be disrupted by an unexpected discovery about a woman Daniel lost touch with twenty years ago. This revelation will send him off-course, far away from wife, children, and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?
OFarrells prose manages to be both intimate and expansive and keenly perceptive in its insights about the complexities of marriage. Beautiful and bittersweet, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE will make OFarrells longtime fans swoon while prompting new readers to wonder why theyve only just discovered her.
I have been a huge fan of Maggie OFarrells novels for years. She writes with tremendous clarity and poise and in THIS MUST BE THE PLACE you are invested in what happens to Daniel and Claudette from the moment you meet them. A joy to read.
Inventive, moving, and hilarious. I loved it.
Rachel Joyce, best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry