This Must be the Place (Paperback)Maggie O'Farrell (author)
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016
I gaze back at my wife… From where she is standing, I might not even be here at all.
Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.
A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.
He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home.
Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?
A Sunday Times top ten bestseller, this dazzling new novel from Costa Novel Award-winner Maggie O'Farrell crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.
This Must Be the Place, Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel, is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.
'A tour de force...her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK's most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers' - The Observer
'A symphony of stories and voices...absolutely gripping' Sunday Times 'Magnificent...perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures' - Cathy Rentzenbrink
Waterstones has been a keen early advocate of Maggie O’Farrell since we identified her as a talent to watch in our 25 Authors of the Future list back in 2007 after supporting her brilliant debut After You’d Gone. Since then she’s continued to impress with a further six novels, including Instructions for a Heatwave and The Hand That First Held Mine for which she won the Costa Book Award.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 196 x 135 x 33 mm
'A tour de force, a complex and nuanced story leaping effortlessly across multiple time frames... This Must Be The Place is that rare literary beast, both technically dazzling and deeply moving. It has all the structural and temporal playfulness of a Kate Atkinson novel while retaining the hallmark emotional insight for which O'Farrell has become renowned. It is her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK's most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers' - Observer
'A symphony of stories and voices... absolutely gripping... A rare talent to enthral... It will leave you bereft and wanting more' - Sunday Times
'Inventive, moving and hilarious. I loved it' - Rachel Joyce
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“An amazing story!”
From the first few pages I was intrigued where this story would go. Slowly as you progress through the book everything will fit together as you read about the past and present. From each part you discover more about... More
“Unforgettable novel of a man and his marriage....”
I have to confess that Maggie O'Farrell is one of my favourite writers and I've read all her novels and loved them all. I can easily say that this is her best so far. In this book, she tells us Daniel's... More
“A Great Big Hug Of A Tale From My Favourite Storyteller.”
Content, that is how I felt when I finished this special special book from Maggie O'Farrell who has surely surpassed herself with this gorgeous story of Daniel Sullivan, a man who is not quite getting life right.... More
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