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This Is How It Ends: A Novel
     

This Is How It Ends: A Novel

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by Kathleen MacMahon
 

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This is when it begins

Fall, 2008.

This is where it begins

The coast of Dublin, Ireland.

This is why it begins

Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection

Overview

This is when it begins

Fall, 2008.

This is where it begins

The coast of Dublin, Ireland.

This is why it begins

Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon a tragedy will test them-and their newfound love-in ways they never imagined possible.

This is how it ends . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
MacMahon takes an oft told tale and makes it fresh in her tender debut novel of love in a time of personal and social upheaval. During the first rumblings of the financial collapse and the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, former Lehman Brothers employee Bruno boards a plane bound for Ireland in order to discover his roots, and hopefully himself. But it's what he doesn't expect to find that changes his life. On a beach in Dublin, Addie contemplates the departure of her former flame, the loss of her job as an architect, and her newfound responsibilities as her ailing father's caretaker, settling on her spaniel, dad, and sister as the only things worth living for. But fate brings Bruno and Addie together—just in time to salve each other's wounds, and test their love in the midst of a new tragedy. The running backstory of the recession and political squabbling is distracting and unnecessary, but MacMahon's portrayal of Bruno and Addie's relationship, along with a charming supporting cast, make this a believable and warm tale. (Aug.)
Carol Memmott
Praise for THIS IS HOW IT ENDS:

"Readers mourning the loss of Irish author Maeve Binchy may find a new friend in MacMahon, who delivers a similar sort of family drama well suited to drowsy afternoons and a cup of tea with a packet of tissues nearby."

Maeve Binchy
"[A] very satisfying story of people who are easy to believe in and hard to forget. Kathleen MacMahon writes with a confidence and ease and with an unerring sense of timing.... When you have long forgotten many other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go away."
Cecelia Ahern
"This Is How It Ends is an unforgettable story of love and hope."
Catherine O'Flynn
"I was moved by This Is How It Ends, a tender-but never sentimental-story of unlikely love. With great wit and humor, Kathleen MacMahon skillfully captures the nuances and complexities of relationships old and new."
Nicola Barr
"Unexpectedly quirky, grown-up but pleasingly whimsical. Watching Addie cross over from her dark lonely place, accepting her single status, to girlish glowing happiness is enough to have you cheering out loud.... I hope it goes on to sell enough copies to kickstart the Irish economy."
Irish Independent
"A transatlantic love story beginning at the start of the current recession, it is truly a story for our time.... MacMahon writes movingly about the balm of hope and the redemption of love, about the very real pain of loss and the restorative power of family... [This is How it Ends] signals the belated arrival of a new Irish commercial writer with an extraordinary gift and a voice that is entirely her own."
Lorraine Courtney
"[MacMahon's] prose couldn't be tighter; yet it could not appear more effortless or beautiful.... She reaches unashamedly for the heart.... [A] bittersweet, engaging novel that will no doubt become a book-club darling."
Glamour UK
"[This Is How It Ends] has 'future classic' written all over it."
Irish Examiner
"A tender love story.... A book about love, family, children and that glorious sense of being alive."
RTÉ
"MacMahon quickly reaches the unadorned essence or soul of all her characters.... MacMahon lends her subjects grace and dignity as they deal with problems that are not sorted by money. Her fluid, no-frills narrative is reminiscent of Brian Moore."
From the Publisher
Praise for THIS IS HOW IT ENDS:"

Readers mourning the loss of Irish author Maeve Binchy may find a new friend in MacMahon, who delivers a similar sort of family drama well suited to drowsy afternoons and a cup of tea with a packet of tissues nearby."—Carol Memmott, USA Today (Three Stars)"

[A] very satisfying story of people who are easy to believe in and hard to forget. Kathleen MacMahon writes with a confidence and ease and with an unerring sense of timing.... When you have long forgotten many other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go away."—Maeve Binchy, The Irish Times"

This Is How It Ends is an unforgettable story of love and hope."—Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You"

MacMahon's enthralling debut novel features marvelous characters who will linger long in readers' hearts. This moving book will appeal to those who enjoy popular contemporary fiction, particularly the work of Maeve Binchy and Barbara Delinsky."—Library Journal, Starred Review"

I was moved by This Is How It Ends, a tender-but never sentimental-story of unlikely love. With great wit and humor, Kathleen MacMahon skillfully captures the nuances and complexities of relationships old and new."—Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are"

An autumnal novel that combines the poignancy of Persuasion with the sentimentality of Love Story."—Kirkus"

Unexpectedly quirky, grown-up but pleasingly whimsical. Watching Addie cross over from her dark lonely place, accepting her single status, to girlish glowing happiness is enough to have you cheering out loud.... I hope it goes on to sell enough copies to kickstart the Irish economy."—Nicola Barr, The Guardian"

A transatlantic love story beginning at the start of the current recession, it is truly a story for our time.... MacMahon writes movingly about the balm of hope and the redemption of love, about the very real pain of loss and the restorative power of family... [This is How it Ends] signals the belated arrival of a new Irish commercial writer with an extraordinary gift and a voice that is entirely her own."—Irish Independent"

[MacMahon's] prose couldn't be tighter; yet it could not appear more effortless or beautiful.... She reaches unashamedly for the heart.... [A] bittersweet, engaging novel that will no doubt become a book-club darling."—Lorraine Courtney, The Sunday Independent"

[This Is How It Ends] has 'future classic' written all over it."—Glamour UK"

A tender love story.... A book about love, family, children and that glorious sense of being alive."—Irish Examiner"

MacMahon quickly reaches the unadorned essence or soul of all her characters.... MacMahon lends her subjects grace and dignity as they deal with problems that are not sorted by money. Her fluid, no-frills narrative is reminiscent of Brian Moore."—RTÉ

RTA
MacMahon quickly reaches the unadorned essence or soul of all her characters. They may seem lightly sketched but are fully realised and rounded, a tribute to the author's narrative skill.... MacMahon lends her subjects grace and dignity as they deal with problems that are not sorted by money. Her fluid, no-frills narrative is reminiscent of Brian Moore.
RTE
MacMahon quickly reaches the unadorned essence or soul of all her characters.... MacMahon lends her subjects grace and dignity as they deal with problems that are not sorted by money. Her fluid, no-frills narrative is reminiscent of Brian Moore.
Library Journal
However it ends, it begins in fall 2008 when Bruno travels from America to Ireland in search of his roots and meets unemployed architect Addie, who's nursing both a broken heart and her ailing dad. Lots of excitement at the London Book Fair for this debut, with rights sold to 20 territories so far.
Kirkus Reviews
A disenchanted--and recently unemployed--banker goes to Ireland to trace his ancestral roots and finds life and love in the form of Addie, his second cousin. It's October 2008, and Bruno Boylan has had it. He's just lost his buttoned-down life at Lehman Brothers, and the presidential election, only three weeks away, looms large in his consciousness. He impulsively gets a round-trip ticket to Ireland, with a return on Wednesday, November 5th, but vows that if Obama loses he'll stay on the Ould Sod. Although Bruno has gotten some sketchy information about family ties from his aunts, once he arrives in Dublin, he realizes how little he actually knows about the family. Still, he makes an effort, arranging a "chance" meeting with Addie on the beach while she walks her dog. Addie is far from impressed by the 50-year-old, for she's seen the type before--Americans who romanticize their Celtic roots and seek connections to an imagined past they've never had. Despite her reservations and her initial coldness, Addie quickly finds herself taken by Bruno, for his vulnerability and "lostness" appeal to her. In her late-30s, Addie has recently lost a child, and she finds Bruno genuinely interested in her life experience, the first man who has shown her both empathy and respect. Addie also has to deal with her abrasive father, Hugh, a physician who's temporarily laid up, and like many physicians, he's a demanding patient. He also faces an inquiry into medical negligence that's preoccupying for the two of them. What starts as a passionate love affair for Bruno and Addie eventually leads to a marriage cut short by tragedy. An autumnal novel that combines the poignancy of Persuasion with the sentimentality of Love Story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455511310
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
835,677
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are Saying About This

Catherine O'Flynn
I was moved by This Is How It Ends, a tender—but never sentimental—story of unlikely love. With great wit and humor, Kathleen MacMahon skillfully captures the nuances and complexities of relationships old and new.—Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are
Cecelia Ahern
This Is How It Ends is an unforgettable story of love and hope--a moving tale that touches the heart.--Cecelia Ahern, author of PS I Love You

Meet the Author

Kathleen MacMahon is a journalist for RTÉ, Ireland's National Broadcasting service. She lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. THIS IS HOW IT ENDS is her first novel.

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This Is How It Ends: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother unless you love Irish tragedy and a re-hashing of the fiscal crisis of 2008.
Peetie More than 1 year ago
The main characters, Addie and Della, extremely well developed....the story line is good and the ending while not a surprise, given the title, satisfactory. I recommend it
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous cover, awful title. I loved this book, but I have to say I was not impressed by the title - surely the whole reason for reading a book is to find out how it ends!? Having got that complaint out of the way, I found the book ran along at a good pace and the characters were believable. Bruno has just left the Lehman Building in New York, his stuff packed into a cardboard box. It is the beginning of 'The crash' and Obama is running for president. Bruno decides to fulfil his late father's greatest wish and return for a visit to relatives in Ireland. Addie, meanwhile, is nursing her elderly father, who has fallen and broken both wrists. She has moved into his house with her little dog and spends her time walking on the beach, swimming whatever the weather and designing swimming pools. Addie's father is very hesitant about meeting this American relative and so Addie tries to steer clear of him. Eventually Bruno becomes impossible to avoid and she actually discovers that she likes him. It is an improbable pairing, with very different backgrounds and an age difference of some 12 years, but the attraction is undeniable. Needless to say, not everything runs smoothly and the ending was a tear jerker, if a bit contrived. There are some lovely characters, including Addie's cranky old father and her sister and family of four girls. The little dog is a bit overplayed, but then I'm not a great dog lover. The wasn't a huge amount of depth to the story but I found it well written and entertaining, which is what I look for in a book. 4 1/2 stars.
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poochMF More than 1 year ago
I usually read books by Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, but something about the name ,said read me! Its a nice love story,was interesting because of the election coming up,plus if someone has ever done family line searching,this will be of interest to you. Quick reading.
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