FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9780099778011
RRP: £8.99
PAGES: 288
PUBLICATION DATE: April 30, 1998


Grace Notes

By (author) Bernard MacLaverty

Returning to Belfast after a long absense, to attend her father’s funeral. Catherine McKenna – a young composer – remembers exactly why she left: the claustrophobic intimacies of the Catholic enclave, her fastidious, nagging mother, and the pervading tensions of a city at war with itself. She remembers a more innocent time, when the Loyalists Lambeg drums sounded mysterious and exciting; she remembers her shattered relationship with the drunken, violent Dave, she remembers the child she had with him, waiting back in Glasgow. This is a novel, about coming to terms with the past and the healing power of music, “Grace Notes” is a master story-teller’s triumphant return to the long form: a powerful lyrical novel of great distinction.

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