This Happy (Hardback)Niamh Campbell (author)
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Intertwining wry, sharp acuity with passion and longing, Campbell’s astonishing debut of a young woman who looks back on a formative affair is a profound meditation on love, pain, denial and the power of memory. At once forensic and deeply touching, This Happy heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.
I have taken apart every panel of this, like an ornamental fan. But we stayed in the cottage for three weeks only, just three weeks, because it was cut short you see - cut short after just three weeks, when I'd left my entire life behind.
When Alannah was twenty-three, she met a man who was older than her - a married man - and fell in love. Things happened suddenly. They met in April, in the first bit of mild weather; and in August, they went to stay in rural Ireland, overseen by the cottage's landlady.
Six years later, when Alannah is newly married to another man, she sees the landlady from afar. Memories of those days spent in bliss, then torture, return to her. And the realisation that she has been waiting - all this time - to be rediscovered.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 36 mm
'While This Happy would make a wonderfully steamy 12-part television series, it shouldn’t be treated as Normal People 2.0… What sets it apart is also its greatest strength: a well-constructed non-linear form.' - The Sunday Times
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