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The Narrow Land

By: Christine Dwyer Hickey
Narrated by: Jaimi Barbakoff
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Walter Scott Historical Prize for Fiction, 2020

Winner of the Dalkey Literary Award For Novel of the Year, 2020

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, 2019

An Irish Independent and Irish Times Book of the Year, 2019

1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a 10-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple living nearby - the artists Jo and Edward Hopper - and an unlikely friendship is forged.

She, volatile, passionate and often irrational, suffers bouts of obsessive sexual jealousy. He, withdrawn and unwell, depressed by his inability to work, becomes besotted by Richie's frail and beautiful aunt Katherine who has not long to live - an infatuation he shares with young Michael.

A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American dream.

©2019 Christine Dwyer Hickey (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"A brilliant portrait.... With a beguiling grace and a deceptive simplicity, Christine Dwyer Hickey reminds us that the past is never far away - rather, it constantly surrounds us, suspends us, haunts us." (Colum McCann)

“It is a long time since I have enjoyed such a fine novel quite so much.” (Irish Times)

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