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Kathleen McMahon Nothing But Blue Sky

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A wise, thoughtful, beautifully observed and impossible-to-put-down portrait of a marriage
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Author: Kathleen MacMahon

Date Published: 26-May-2020

Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage? David thought so. But when his wife Mary Rose dies suddenly he has to think again. In reliving their twenty years together David sees that the ground beneath them had shifted and he simply hadn't noticed. Or had chosen not to. In the midst of his grief, David finds himself seeing Mary Rose anew- and realizing that the woman he loved might have been thinking very differently about her marriage, and her husband. This novel is a precise and tender story of love in marriage- a gripping examination of what blinds couples together adn what keeps them apart.

About the Author
Nothing But Blue Sky is Kathleen MacMahon's third novel. Her first, This is How it Ends, published in 2012, was translated into more than twenty languages, spent five weeks at the top of the bestseller lists in Ireland, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice in the UK. Her second novel, The Long, Hot Summer was published to much acclaim in 2015 and was also a bestseller in Ireland. Kathleen is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, and she lives in Dublin with her family.
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Touching and enthralling * Sunday Times *
A piece of perfection - a subtle, thought-provoking investigation of a marriage. It rings true. It's the best book I've read all year * Irish Examiner *
What a beautiful novel ... elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true ... Beautiful, poignant moments, drawn with such quiet power. And that quiet power is alive and at work on every page -- Donal Ryan
Insightful and deeply moving, this is a story of one man's grief that somehow manages to hold onto its sense of humour. I loved this book -- Christine Dwyer Hickey
Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch ... An acutely observed portrait of a relationship ... filled with astute observations of human behaviour * Irish Times *
Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful * Sunday Independent *
Heart-rending ... a tender and beautiful [love story] ... MacMahon's words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition * Business Post *
A tender dissection of marriage * Independent *
This elegant, tender novel is an absolute pleasure * Best *
A beautifully written and powerful tale * Woman & Home *
Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel steeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness -- Anne Griffin
The most beautiful prose I have read in years ... Not only my favourite novel of the year, but possibly of the decade -- Margaret Madden * Sunday Independent *
Beautiful ... A gentle but deeply affecting read, and the perfect reminder of how sadness and hope can sometimes live side by side * Woman's Way *
Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller -- Mike McCormack
Kathleen MacMahon has written an absorbing, grave, and emotionally resonant study of a marriage, of a life, of masculinity and of grief. A marvellous achievement -- Neil Hegarty
Kathleen MacMahon sensitively explores the complexities of the human heart and reveals how even in the depths of grief, unexpected light can emerge from the darkness -- David Park
Full of humour and brims with the warmth of family, friendship and the possibility of second chances * Irish Sunday People *
An elegantly written and moving account of one man coming to terms with the sudden death of his wife * Irish Times Magazine *
Excellent (and darkly funny) ... A sensitive, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful exploration of grief -- Eimear Ryan * Irish Examiner *
Full of humour and brims with the warmth of family, friendship and the possibility of second chances * Sunday Mirror *
Stunning -- Henrietta McKervey * via Twitter *
A tender portrait of a marriage and how we are formed by our closest relationships * Good Housekeeping *
Heart-wrenching ... Almost a parable, it's a cautionary tale for those failing to appreciate just how short life can be * RTE Culture *
It's rare to read an account of a happy normal marriage and she does it brilliantly -- Sue Leonard
Kathleen MacMahon writes with a confidence and ease and with an unerring sense of timing * Irish Times *
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