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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Academy Street by Mary Costello

A very emotional and touching read. One woman a bit removed from the rest of her family and society, bearing loss and heartbreak all alone. Very stoic and one definitely feels for her.

Tess is our main character and her childhood in Ireland is focussed entirely on the death of her mother. Her life both before and after is totally related to this sudden death and how and what became of her life afterwards.

Moving to America and finding a fresh start and a once in a lifetime love, she bears the loss of her love head on. Inwardly dying of heartbreak, she maintains a facade of carefully cultivated ordinaryness. Living each day as it comes, providing for her son in the best way she knows how and then bearing his sudden death in the way she knows best by hiding her feelings from everyone around her. 

Very emotional read and very well written. 

This book was sent to me by Netgalley.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, was it a tough read (terribly sad)? Or empowering?