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A Family Reunion: Warmth, wisdom and love on every page - if you treasured Maeve Binchy, read Patricia Scanlan (Paperback)

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Previously published as The Liberation of Brigid Dunne


One explosive family reunion. A lifetime of secrets revealed.Spanning generations and covering seismic shifts in the lives of women, A Family Reunion is a compelling, thought-provoking, important and highly emotional novel from a trailblazing author in women's fiction.

Praise for A Family Reunion:

'Bestselling writer Patricia Scanlan returns with a dramatic novel that tracks four feisty women as they prepare to meet up for a family reunion... Dramatic and twisty, this novel is a riveting read' OK!

'A must-read' Bella

'Explosive' Best

Number 1 bestselling author Patricia Scanlan is set to capture the hearts and enchant the minds of a whole new generation of readers who will fall in love with her sublime storytelling. A trailblazing women's fiction author, all of her novels have been #1 international bestsellers, most recently With All My Love, A Time for Friends and Orange Blossom Days. She writes multi-generational family dramas with compassion and authenticity, and a hint of comforting escapism.

'If you love Maeve Binchy, you MUST try Patricia Scanlan' Woman & Home

'Utterly magical and wonderful... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES

'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY

'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times

'There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times

'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour

'If you love Maeve Binchy, you will love Patricia Scanlan' Mirror

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionSagasFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 04/03/2021 ISBN-13: 9781398501065  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Patricia Scanlan lives in Dublin. Her books, all number one bestsellers, have sold worldwide and been translated into many languages. Find out more by visiting Patricia's Facebook page at Facebook.com/PatriciaScanlanAuthor.

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Customer Reviews

Four women, one family, but each with a wide variety of experiences and secrets. Patricia Scanlan has written a novel which is set mainly in contemporary Ireland, but looks further in its narration of a woman’s experiences, and deeper at the fight for freedom of choice in many ways. As an extended family come together for a party to celebrate Brigid’s eightieth birthday and retirement as Reverend Mother, old hurts are revealed and pain shared. This is a vivid and intense novel which looks at the pressures on women as they make choices over the years, and how compromises can damage lives. Looking at the influence of parents and especially the demands of a religious life, this novel is a touching and sincere look at how a family’s complex relationships can be exploded by the telling of truth which has implications for how others choose to live. Although male characters have a vital role in every woman’s story, the focus is how the four women react to and deal with their own situations. Brigid is made to consider how her life has been spent, her sister Imelda choosing to reveal her bitterness and sense of hurt, while her own daughter Keelin considers what she has hidden. Marie-Claire, daughter, granddaughter and niece has to not only witness these revelations, but make her own decision about her relationship with an unreliable partner. This is a book of effectively drawn characters placed in a series of situations made realistic by the dialogue they share in all its variety. I was pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this intense and powerful book. The book opens with a Progue set in 1953, as a young woman loses a baby on Christmas Eve. The action moves forward to 2017, as another young woman, Marie-Claire, discovers that her long term partner Marc has been cheating on her. Deciding that she will abandon plans to leave Canada for New York, she instead flies to Dublin, in time to attend her great – aunt’s party. She arrives as a surprise in her grandmother Imelda’s house, meeting her parents who have flown over from their home in Paris for the party. As preparations for the event continue at Four Winds, a house belonging to Brigid’s Order of nuns, many women are looking forward to greeting Brigid at her surprise party. Everything is arranged with precision, but Imelda is unwilling to join in the celebration for her older sister, and announces publicly how much bitterness she has for Brigid. She reveals a painful secret about Keelin and her husband Armand’s life that shocks Marie Claire. When her granddaughter tries to reason with her, Imelda attacks her for having the choices that her generation has in terms of relationships in contrast with her own situation. As she departs from the horrified gathering, Imelda realizes some of the damage she has done, though is wounded when no one except her patient daughter in law is concerned with her. As Brigid realizes that how she has spent her life may have been based on shaky ground, she makes a new start after her retirement, but can the four women ever be truly reconciled? This novel takes in so much about the various main characters’ lives over the decades. It acknowledges that some choices may have been misguided, and what to do with that knowledge. It is good on the fight for effective contraception in Ireland, and the other social pressures on women as well as those perpetuated by the Catholic Church. The language of this book is distinctive, and it has a significant impact on the book as whole. This is a very readable book which I recommend as a substantial portrayal of real women’s lives.

- 04/04/2021
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