Instructions for A Heatwave

Instructions for A Heatwave

Book - 2013 | 1st Canadian ed.
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One of Ireland's most beloved novelists--with more than 1.5 million copies of her books in print--now published in Canada for the first time

July, 1976. One morning Robert Riordan tells his wife, Gretta, that he is going around the corner to buy a newspaper.

He doesn't return.

Drawn back home to London to help solve the mystery, Gretta's grown-up children fit awkwardly into their childhood roles, and tensions run high. Each is at a turning point in his or her life. The eldest, Michael Francis, is increasingly estranged from his wife by parenthood and his guilt over a brief affair. Monica's performance as a perfect stepmother is convincing no one; and Aoife, the black sheep of the family, is finding that even in New York she can't hide from the secret that has set her apart since childhood.

A journey back to Connemara, Ireland, brings surprises, insights and revelations, as each of them confronts the knotty tangle of family life and love. Elegant and compelling, Instructions for a Heatwave secures Maggie O'Farrell's position as one of the best of the new generation of Irish writers.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2013.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443418232
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 24 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 27, 2018

This is like an Irish version of an Anne Tyler book: funny, readable, likeable and well-written. A very enjoyable read.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

When Gretta’s husband leaves home and doesn’t come back, she calls her three adult children home to help. They arrive to a record-breaking heatwave, and no idea how to find their dad.

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Sansha
Jan 27, 2017

Another enjoyable read by Maggie O'Farrell. Set within a dysfunctional Irish family who must come together after the disappearance of their husband/father.

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heinrij
Aug 21, 2015

If you enjoy Irish families bickering,(I don't), this is the book for you. Some sex and bad languaage. I would rate it M for mature.

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empbee
Apr 01, 2015

Good beginning, slow middle, very good revelation. Familiar family issues in good setting spiced with some mystery. Enjoyable read.

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uncommonreader
Aug 20, 2014

Set during the UK drought of 1976, a father's disappearance brings together his estranged children. Although there is a mystery, which is resolved in Connemara, the novel is about family relationships. The mother is particularly well portrayed. A little disappointing compared to O'Farrell's other novels.

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

loveablelibrarian Apr 23, 2014

A really smooth read full of interesting characters and intriguing setting. Recommended!

madison382 Mar 16, 2014

Really enjoyed her style of writing.

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finn75
Jan 17, 2014

A family comes together in the face of a crisis despite their own personal turmoils. Funny and sweet. Abrupt ending but an enjoyable read.

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