The Narrow Land
Christine Dwyer Hickey
WINNER OF THE WALTER SCOTT HISTORICAL PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2020
WINNER OF THE DALKEY LITERARY AWARD FOR NOVEL OF THE YEAR, 2020
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS, 2019
An Irish Independent and Irish Times Book of the Year, 2019
From the author of Tatty, the Dublin: One City One Book 2020 choice
‘It is a long time since I have read such a fine novel or one that I have enjoyed quite so much.’ Irish Times
1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a ten-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple living nearby – the artists Jo and Edward Hopper – and an unlikely friendship is forged.
She, volatile, passionate and often irrational, suffers bouts of obsessive sexual jealousy. He, withdrawn and unwell, depressed by his inability to work, becomes besotted by Richie’s frail and beautiful Aunt Katherine who has not long to live – an infatuation he shares with young Michael.
A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream.
‘A brilliant portrait… With a beguiling grace and a deceptive simplicity, Christine Dwyer Hickey reminds us that the past is never far away – rather, it constantly surrounds us, suspends us, haunts us.‘ Colum McCann
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