21 January, 2019
Author: Anne Griffin
Category: New Books
Recommended by bookseller Eleanor Franzén:
"On a bar stool in a hotel, Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts, one for each of the important people in his life. Tonight is not going to be like all the other nights; tonight, Maurice has a plan. The book is rescued from mawkishness by being genuinely felt. There has been real sadness in Maurice's life, as well as real joy. He has not been a perfect husband or father. But he's honest with himself and us, and the final chapter—when his greatest decision yet becomes clear—is surprising, moving, and bold. I can't think of another novel in which the author allows her character the particular type of dignity that Griffin gives hers."
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