The Home Scar

The Home Scar: From the Women’s Prize-longlisted author of Nothing But Blue Sky

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/02/2023
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"MacMahon writes with such beautiful simplicity, conjuring real and complex people straight off the page ... subtle and authentic" - Claire Fuller On opposite sides of the world, half-siblings Cassie and Christo have built their lives around work, intent on ignoring their painful past.When a dramatic storm in Galway hits the headlines, they're drawn back there to revisit a glorious childhood summer, the last before their mother died. But their journey uncovers memories of a far less happy summer - one that had tragic consequences.Confronted with the havoc their mother left in her wake, Cassie and Christo are forced to face their past and - ready or not - to deal with the messy tangle of parental love and neglect that shaped them.The Home Scar is a luminous and precise story about the inheritance of loss and the possibility of finally making peace with it. _________"Her beautifully simple style belies psychological complexity ... and her tone is wryly accepting" - Big Issue "Quiet and bleakly beautiful ... like the siblings and Ireland, it will leave a permanent mark on those who venture into its depths" - Buzz "Picks at the wounds only a mother can inflict ... ambitious ... intricate" - Sunday Independent "An exceptional novel about a brother and sister returning to the west of Ireland and to a summer of their past." - Anne Griffin, Sunday Independent "A powerful story about legacy and loss and the possibility of reconciliation" - Irish Times

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781844885992
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 24 mm

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The Home Scar
Exquisite Writing
I made no secret of how much I loved 'nothing but blue sky' by Kathleen MacMahon which I read when it was longlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction - so... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Home Scar
Novel set in GALWAY
I was tempted by this novel when I saw it was billed as a good read for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Strout and Tessa Hadley, This is q... READ MORE