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The Start of Summer

The Start of Summer

A novel about the close bonds of female friendship and the emotional undercurrents that underpin them, The Start of Summer looks at that time when life changes utterly, never to be the same again.

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ISBN 9781473660786
Barcode 9781473660786
Published 2 May 2019 by Hachette
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Walsh, Alison
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ISBN-13 9781473660786
ISBN-10 1473660785
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Hachette Books Ireland
Publication Date 2 May 2019
Publication Country Ireland Ireland
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Walsh, Alison
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 512g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 974349

Description of this Book

A long, hot summer has just begun, and three women gather together in the park, in the shade of the trees, forming a tight circle. New mothers, they keep each other close, sharing gossip, parenting wisdom and deep secrets. Uptight, super-organised Gracie seems to have adapted to motherhood with ease, but secretly she wonders if the cost - to her job and her relationship - is too high. Free-spirited Lina is a single parent by choice, but a surprise arrival makes her question everything she's taken for granted. And shy Jane must face up to the consequences of a painful decision she made years ago. One day, a fellow new mother, looking lonely and a bit lost, asks to join them - and the circle opens to let her in. Gradually, the foundations of their lives begin to crumble and each woman is forced to confront unwelcome truths about herself. As conflicts rumble, and their close bonds begin to fray, all eyes turn to the new arrival. But which of them will have the strength to push her out, the circle closing once more? A novel about the close bonds of female friendship and the emotional undercurrents that underpin them, The Circle looks at that time when life changes utterly, never to be the same again.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A brave and thought-provoking novel * Irish Independent on The House at Seaview Road * Walsh deftly and sympathetically tackles that taboo subject of the mother who abandons her children ... Beautifully told * Sunday Independent on All That I Leave Behind *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Alison Walsh has worked in publishing and literary journalism for a number of years. She wrote a popular and humorous column on family life for the Irish Independent for some years, and this was followed by a memoir on motherhood, In My Mother's Shoes, which became a number-one Irish bestseller in 2010. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent books pages. Alison lives in Dublin with her husband and three children. Follow her on Twitter at @authoralison or visit her website at www.alisonwalsh.net

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