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The Dazzling Truth

by Helen Cullen

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The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen
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    Aug 18, 2020
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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One Irish family. Three decades. One dazzling story.

In the courtyards of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1978, aspiring actress Maeve meets pottery student Murtagh Moone. As their relationship progresses, marriage and motherhood come in quick succession, but for Maeve, with the joy of children also comes the struggle to hold on to the truest parts of herself.

Decades later, on a small Irish island, the Moone family are poised for celebration but instead are struck by tragedy. Each family member must find solace in their own separate way, until one dazzling truth brings them back together. But as the Moone family confront the past, they also journey toward a future that none of them could have predicted. Except perhaps Maeve herself.

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"Warn your patrons to clear a weekend for this gorgeous read." - Library Journal (starred review)

"Cullen's lyrical prose drives the immersive and heart-wrenching narrative. This complex study of depression and its impact on family dynamics will lure readers." - Publishers Weekly

"With a group of well-crafted, intriguing characters, [Cullen] realistically portrays a tight-knit group of people trying to grow up and grow old under the shadow of a tragedy they can never understand. Readers will enjoy experiencing a slice of life in this small Irish community, and embrace the very interesting characters who live there." - Booklist

"Absolute poetry and a love letter to family and to the arts. The empathy in this book is beautiful." - Maggie Smith, award-winning author of Good Bones and Keep Moving

"A perfect combination of deeply felt tragedy with great hopefulness." - Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum

"An extremely moving read. Helen Cullen handles the complexities of love, grief, family life and mental illness with sensitivity and depth. A truly gorgeous novel." - Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me

"I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character—and when I reached the end, I wept because it is just glorious. The Dazzling Truth is a sweeping family saga and at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love." - Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

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Helen Cullen

Helen Cullen wrote her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing program. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from University College Dublin and is currently studying further at Brunel. Prior to writing full-time, Helen worked in journalism, broadcasting and most recently as a creative events and engagement specialist. Helen is Irish and currently lives in London.

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