The Heart of Everything (Paperback)
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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 05/01/2017
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The Heart of Everything is a taut and compelling account of the nature of family relationships and the uneasy grasp of the past over the present. Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Maggie O'Farrell.

Mags Jensen begins her day as she always does - with a list. Once it is complete, she lays the table for lunch, spritzes perfume on her wrists and shuts the front door behind her.

That afternoon, her daughter Anita is irritated to discover the house empty. But as afternoon turns to evening, irritation turns to fear, her mother's recent tests for early-stage dementia looming in Anita's mind.

As the hours tick by with no word from Mags, the siblings are summoned home to join the search. Over several days, old tensions rise to the surface, harking back to an earlier tragedy that splintered the family. Powerful revelations take hold between the siblings, and their efforts to find Mags become increasingly frantic, as they are forced to ask: will they ever see their mother again?

Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
ISBN: 9781444794175
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A wise novel that watches itself deeply, hiding its secrets, then spilling them spectacularly. The Heart of Everything is a wonderful, memorable book - a tour-de-force. - Frank McGuinness

Henrietta McKervey's second novel ... marks [her] has one to watch in Irish fiction. - Stellar magazine

The Heart of Everything confirms McKervey's talent for creating realistic portraits of Irish life in an engaging and highly readable style ... there is an emotional truth and authentic irresolution to the novel that will satisfy even the most cynical reader - Sunday Business Post

What impresses most in [The Heart of Everything] is the quality of the writing, the striking images and witty turns of phrase ... it's a page turner ... [Henrietta McKervey is a novelist in the early stages of her career, brimming with promise. She has wit, imagination and an understanding of human beings, which are the hallmark of the true novelist. - Irish Times

Beautifully yet simply written, fuelled by perceptive observations and raw honesty, this novel will delight fans of Anne Tyler and Maggie O'Farrell ... leaves you thinking about the characters long after the last page is turned - Sunday Independent

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