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Smile

Smile
 

From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past. Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's for a pint... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780735224445
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Published 17 October 2017 by Viking
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
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ISBN-13 9780735224445
ISBN-10 0735224447
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Viking
Imprint Viking
Publication Date 17 October 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 259g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Memory, Schools, Adolescence
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past. Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories--of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of school, and of one particular brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity. Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <b>Praise for the work of Roddy Doyle: There is not a writer currently working in the English language who can match Doyle for the fluency with which he tacks back and forth between the hilarious and the heartbreaking. <b><i> --The New York Times Book Review</i></b> One of the delights of Doyle's work is its fearlessness. . . . In book after book he throws himself into the voices and hearts of his characters. <b><i>--The New York Times Book Review</i></b> No writer alive gives the utterly prosaic thoughts and routines of endless, uneventful days the rhythm and flavor of art better than Doyle. <b><i>--The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b>

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Author's Bio

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, The Van (a finalist for the Booker Prize), Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, A Star Called Henry, and, most recently, The Guts. Doyle has also written two collections of stories, and several works for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin.

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