Instructions for A Heatwave

Instructions for A Heatwave

Book - 2013 | 1st Canadian ed
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One of Ireland's most beloved novelists--with more than 1.5 million copies of her books in print--now published in Canada for the first time

July, 1976. One morning Robert Riordan tells his wife, Gretta, that he is going around the corner to buy a newspaper.

He doesn't return.

Drawn back home to London to help solve the mystery, Gretta's grown-up children fit awkwardly into their childhood roles, and tensions run high. Each is at a turning point in his or her life. The eldest, Michael Francis, is increasingly estranged from his wife by parenthood and his guilt over a brief affair. Monica's performance as a perfect stepmother is convincing no one; and Aoife, the black sheep of the family, is finding that even in New York she can't hide from the secret that has set her apart since childhood.

A journey back to Connemara, Ireland, brings surprises, insights and revelations, as each of them confronts the knotty tangle of family life and love. Elegant and compelling, Instructions for a Heatwave secures Maggie O'Farrell's position as one of the best of the new generation of Irish writers.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2013
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443418232
Branch Call Number: FIC OFA
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 13, 2019

Quiet domestic drama spiced with an unrelenting heat wave, family feud and secrets.
Good writing and good reading. A good choice for a book discussion.

Mar 27, 2018

This is like an Irish version of an Anne Tyler book: funny, readable, likeable and well-written. A very enjoyable read.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

When Gretta’s husband leaves home and doesn’t come back, she calls her three adult children home to help. They arrive to a record-breaking heatwave, and no idea how to find their dad.

Jan 27, 2017

Another enjoyable read by Maggie O'Farrell. Set within a dysfunctional Irish family who must come together after the disappearance of their husband/father.

Aug 21, 2015

If you enjoy Irish families bickering,(I don't), this is the book for you. Some sex and bad languaage. I would rate it M for mature.

Apr 01, 2015

Good beginning, slow middle, very good revelation. Familiar family issues in good setting spiced with some mystery. Enjoyable read.

Aug 20, 2014

Set during the UK drought of 1976, a father's disappearance brings together his estranged children. Although there is a mystery, which is resolved in Connemara, the novel is about family relationships. The mother is particularly well portrayed. A little disappointing compared to O'Farrell's other novels.

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

loveablelibrarian Apr 23, 2014

A really smooth read full of interesting characters and intriguing setting. Recommended!

madison382 Mar 16, 2014

Really enjoyed her style of writing.

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