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by Bernard MacLaverty


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"Bernard MacLaverty’s powerful novel is a love story as affecting and tragic as you could want." —USA Today

When it was first published, Bernard MacLaverty’s masterpiece was hailed by Michael Gorra in the New York Times Book Review as "a marvel of technical perfection…a most moving novel whose emotional impact is grounded in a complete avoidance of sentimentality…[It] will become the Passage to India of the Troubles.” For Cal, a Northern Irish teenager who, against his will, is involved in the terrible war between Catholics and Protestants, some of the choices are devastatingly simple: he can work in the slaughterhouse that nauseates him or join the dole line; he can brood on his past or plan a future with the beautiful, widowed Marcella for whose grief he shares more than a little responsibility.

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ISBN-13: 9780393354683
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,171,120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bernard MacLaverty is the author of five previous collections of stories and five novels, including Grace Notes, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Midwinter Break, shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Born in Ireland, he now lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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