This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

Book - 2016
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"Daniel Sullivan, a young American professor reeling from a failed marriage and a brutal custody battle, is on holiday in Ireland when he falls in love with Claudette, a world famous sexual icon and actress who fled fame for a reclusive life in a rural village. Together, they make an idyllic life in the country, raising two more children in blissful seclusion until a secret from Daniel's past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. What follows is a journey through Daniel's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is a powerful rumination on the nature of identity, and the complexities of loyalty and devotion, a gripping story of an extraordinary family and an extraordinary love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385349420
Branch Call Number: Fiction OFa
Characteristics: 382 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 04, 2018

The life of Daniel, through his own eyes, and then through the eyes of each individual who holds a special place in this lifetime of his. Bouncing through the years, not in a linear fashion, this is a funny, interesting, arresting, the whole shebang, kind of book. This is another great work by a very talented author.

Dec 22, 2017

The book seemed to take an inordinate time to get going, and this kaleidoscope of characters is too big to keep in mind. They swoop in and out of the narrative, and I found myself flicking back to see if I could find where they last appeared, cursing the absence of a contents page. I used to think that jumping around in time and place required masterful plotting. It probably does, but I’ve come to value more highly writing that can take responsibility for time shifts through the narrative, instead of just plonking the reader into the middle of it and expecting them to make the connections. I don’t mind having to work hard as a reader, but I need to feel that it’s not because the author is being lazy.

I simply didn’t care enough for any of the characters to sustain me over such a lengthy book. It has received good reviews from readers who enjoyed its narrative skittishness, but with this particular writer, I’m finding it a bit stale.

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Jul 22, 2017

The author's writing style is engaging and she had me caring for each and every one of the characters. I love this author and have read all her books, this one is my favourite.

Apr 10, 2017

A lovely book, ranging across continents and eras to reveal the inner lives of a host of flawed but likeable characters. The author clearly has great affection and compassion for her creations, self-inflicted stumbles notwithstanding. Never bleak, often funny, and ultimately uplifting without any schmaltz.

Jan 27, 2017

Loved this family saga. Will be definitely reading more books by this author.

Jan 04, 2017

This is a story of relationships, written with confidence and so well.

Nov 24, 2016

Dropping out of one's old life to start fresh. Cowardice and courage. Multiple story threads, a span of decades, setting around the world - one extended family. It's a tangled web, beautifully spun by a master storyteller.

robertafsmith Sep 26, 2016

Roberta's pick: You need to be an accomplished author to jump from character to character and back and forth in time and still write a wonderful book. But in Maggie O'Farrell's hands, all this is possible. I loved this book for the dialogue and the characters. Even though I have an antipathy towards flawlessly beautiful, intelligent , fertile characters who are wonderful moms. Not her best novel, but still very very good. Staff Pickle.

Sep 13, 2016

I laughed, I cried, I came to care deeply about these characters. The multiple viewpoints are very well done.

Aug 09, 2016

I don't mind going back and forth between characters, but i don't like how the narration goes from 1st person to 3rd person. It's very confusing. There are too many details that are irrelevant to the story. I feel like the writer has lost track of what she was getting to.

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