Make no mistake about it: those looking for sweeping, grandiose plots or white-knuckled suspense should probably look elsewhere than This Is How It Ends, set in Dublin, Ireland in 2008. MacMahon's debut novel, however, is just about perfect for a quiet read, perhaps wrapped in a sweater and holding a mug of tea on one of the first cool evenings of fall.
It's a quiet novel, after all, one that never shouts its themes or pounds its chest to call attention to itself; readers who settle in to its ambling pace will be rewarded with a carefully crafted, understated emotional novel about love, families, and coming to terms with even the most profound losses.
Addie occupies the grand narrative at the center of MacMahons novel. A woman who looks and even feels young, she is nevertheless starting to cope with the challenges aging parents, envy over her sisters fecundity, ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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