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Maggie O'Farrell is a consistent "Sunday Times" bestseller in both hardback and paperback. Her novels are word of mouth phenomena: AFTER YOU'D GONE" "has now sold 300,000 copies, and there are three quarters of a million Maggie O'Farrell novels in print.
Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in Edinburgh with her family. Her debut novel, AFTER YOU'D GONE, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award, while her third, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, won the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award.
Suddenly Iris discovers that she has a great-aunt, shunted away in a hospital for 60 years and just released. What's she going to do? With a reading group guide. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
O'Farrell (After You'd Gone) delivers an intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings and betrayal. Slim, stylish Iris Lockhart runs a dress shop in contemporary Edinburgh when she's not flirting with her stepbrother Alex or rendezvousing with her married attorney lover, Luke. Esme Lennox, meanwhile, is ready to be discharged from the soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital where she's been a patient (read: virtual prisoner) for 61 years. Iris becomes aware of Esme's existence when she's informed, to her disbelief, that she has been granted power of attorney over Esme by Kitty Lockhart, Iris's Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother. It turns out Kitty and Esme are sisters, but Kitty kept quiet about Esme after she was hospitalized at age 16. Layer upon layer of Lockhart family secrets are laid bare-the truth behind Esme's institutionalization, why her existence was kept a secret, and a twist involving Iris's parents-as Iris mulls over what to do with her new charge, and Esme and Kitty reconnect. O'Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.