By KATHLEEN MACMAHON
Published by Hachette New Zealand in TPB on 1 June 2012 / RRP $36.99
One of this year’s biggest publishing deals and a huge sensation at the London Book Fair. A story of unexpected, life-changing love, set in the autumn of 2008.
Ireland – Family secrets – Laughter – Tragedy – Lehman Brothers – Obama's election – Swimming – Dog – Big beaches – Loneliness – Addie and Bruno.
This is book that packs a whopper of an emotional punch. Set on the coast of Dublin, Ireland, this is the love story about two very different people. Addie is an out-of-work architect who is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm and cantankerous father. She feels like she is stuck in a deep black hole. She is lonely, unconfident and unhappy. But then she meets Bruno, an American, who has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Despite recently losing his job too, he is naturally positive and upbeat. Against all odds, they fall madly, deeply in love. But a tragedy will soon test them and their newfound love in ways they never imagined.
This is a book that is insightful, tender, funny and sad all at the same time. It perfectly demonstrates how life-changing love can be – but be warned you will need a box of tissues for the very emotional ending. To be recommended, especially if you like books that are relationship-driven.
‘I adored this book – tender, insightful and unforgettable, I feel it is destined to become a classic on our list and could not be more excited about it.’ – David Shelley, Publisher
About the Author
Kathleen MacMahon is an award-winning television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, where she reports on the major international stories. The grand-daughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends is her first novel.