From Graham Norton—the BAFTA-award-winning Irish television host and author of the “charming debut novel” (New York Journal of Books) Holding, a masterly and haunting tale of secrets and ill-fated love follows a young woman who returns to Ireland after her mother’s death and unravels the identity of her father.
When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying goodbye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters—and ultimately, the truth.
Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.
A Keeper confirms Graham Norton’s status as a fresh and evocative literary voice, and illustrates his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.
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About the Author
Graham Norton is the award-winning host of The Graham Norton Show, one of the most popular programs on BBC America. He is the author of the bestselling memoirs So Me and The Life and Loves of a He Devil. He lives in London and is the author of the novels Holding and A Keeper.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I saw this book was written by someone named Graham Norton, I thought, "Oh, like the guy from that British talk show with the red couch! Graham must be a super common name over there." I was totally caught off guard when I found out it was the same person! Though it feels like every celebrity has 'written' a book of some kind, usually nonfiction about their own lives, I did not expect him to be a fiction writer as well. Celebrity authors garner a lot of attention, and it feels like their efforts don't usually work out as often as they do, but I was pleasantly surprised with Mr. Norton's sophomore novel. Told as flashbacks between mother and daughter, we follow Elizabeth in present day as she returns to the place she was born for answers about her origins. Patricia, her mother, has died and Elizabeth's responsible for her home and apparently appeasing her terrible family. Intercutting the issues she has with them, her son and ex-husband, we're given background on Patricia and what happened to her around the time Elizabeth was born. While not action-packed, the story is creeping and tense. Every answer found raises new questions as you work your way through the mystery of it all. I really liked it, and I'll be sure to check out Graham Norton's other novel. Anyone who enjoyed Clare Mackintosh's books, such as I Let You Go or Let Me Lie, I think would appreciate this.
'A Keeper' by Graham Norton is brilliant. Utterly brilliant. It is an enthralling tale which perfectly balances the past and present. Norton has proven to be a natural storyteller with the ability to populate his books with characters the reader can relate to. 'A Keeper' is awash with well-written moments of poignancy and despondency. But, to his credit, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This book is a rewarding read of the highest order.
I’ve loved Graham Norton’s talk show for years. He’s such an interesting character and funny too. What I never expected was that he would be a brilliant novelist. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was the same Graham Norton when I started this book. What a surprise! A Keeper follows the lives of Elizabeth and her mother. Elizabeth is a divorced single mom raising her son in NYC. She returns home to Ireland to sort her mother’s affairs after her passing. The old house is just as she remembers, but while there, she stumbles upon some letters that her mother had tucked away in a box in the closet. Elizabeth was raised believing her father had passed away very young, which is why she was raised by a single mother. Could the letters be a clue to the truth about her past? The novel jumps back and forth between Elizabeth’s current situation and her mother’s past. Each chapter reveals just a small portion of the story in a perfectly woven fashion. Surprises abound, along with a good dose of humor. I truly enjoyed this one. I would recommend over and over again.