Set during the last two months of 1979 Louise
Dean's novel is a show stopper, not least because the "troubles"
in Northern Ireland are a very sensitive subject for any English
author to write about without appearing biased, but she pulls
this delicate feat off with aplomb. In
this, her sophomore novel, following
Becoming Strangers, Dean avoids taking sides or even
getting into the politics of the situation in any detail,
instead she focuses on the universal human tragedy that occurs when
neighbors go to war with each other.
She also neatly avoids falling into the trap of simplifying the conflict on purely religious grounds; the story is told from three perspectives: Kathleen Moran, a Catholic mother of four children; John Dunn, a former British soldier, with no vested interest in the conflict, ...
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