This Must Be the Place (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Daniel Sullivan is a loving father; his children mean the world to him. Divorce is such an intimate battle ground, sometimes filled with hatred and betrayal.  So it was for Daniel and his ex-wife, her battles fought in the courts over their children.  Vanquished in the judicial system where the mother’s rights prevailed in the custody battle, and crushed by repeatedly being robbed of his visitation rights, Daniel is at low ebb when he takes a vacation from his duties as a professor to travel to Ireland.  There along the side of the road he meets a little boy, a flat tire is involved, and Daniel’s offers of help are met with suspicion by the child’s mother, Claudette.  Her suspicion turns out to be proper caution when Daniel makes the connection that Claudette was a Hollywood icon, an Oscar winning actress who disappeared at the height of her fame while filming a movie. An unlikely relationship between them blooms. Together they make a life, living in seclusion in a remote home in rural Ireland.  It is a happy life for many years; Claudette and Daniel are both endearing characters.  They have two more children and revel in their good fortune until a secret from Daniel’s past begins a chain of events that may tear everything apart.  O’Farrell writes with humor and zest, this is one of those lovely stories where you truly come to root for the characters, worry about their hardships, rejoice at their victories, and feel invested in their lives.  A great read!

— Deon Stonehouse

This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell, an author I believe deserving of way more attention than she has received in the US. Daniel Sullivan is a loving father; his children mean the world to him. Divorce is such an intimate battle ground, sometimes filled with hatred and betrayal.  So it was for Daniel and his ex-wife, thier battles fought in the courts over their children.  Vanquished in the judicial system where the mother’s rights prevailed in the custody battle, and crushed by repeatedly being robbed of his visitation rights, Daniel is at low ebb when he takes a vacation from his duties as a professor to travel to Ireland.  There along the side of the road he meets a little boy, a flat tire is involved, and Daniel’s offers of help are met with suspicion by the child’s mother, Claudette.  Her suspicion turns out to be proper caution when Daniel makes the connection that Claudette was a Hollywood icon, an Oscar winning actress who disappeared at the height of her fame while filming a movie. An unlikely relationship between them blooms. Together they make a life, living in seclusion in a remote home in rural Ireland.  It is a happy life for many years; Claudette and Daniel are both endearing characters.  They have two more children and revel in their good fortune until a secret from Daniel’s past begins a chain of events that may tear everything apart.  O’Farrell writes with humor and zest, this is one of those lovely stories where you truly come to root for the characters, worry about their hardships, rejoice at their victories, and feel invested in their lives.  A great read!

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


An irresistible love story, an unforgettable family. The New York Times bestselling author of Hamnet captures an extraordinary marriage with insight and laugh-out-loud humor in what Richard Russo calls “her breakout book.”
 
Daniel Sullivan leads a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and his wife, Claudette, is a reclusive ex–film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Together, they have made an idyllic life in the country, but a secret from Daniel’s past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is an irresistible love story that crisscrosses continents and time zones as it captures an extraordinary marriage, and an unforgettable family, with wit and deep affection.

About the Author


Maggie O’Farrell is the author of six previous novels, After You’d Gone; My Lover’s Lover; The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the Costa Novel Award; and Instructions for a Heatwave, which was short-listed for the Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.

Praise For…


“Intensely absorbing. . . . O’Farrell writes novels in which you can happily lose yourself.” —NPR

“Compassionate. . . . Few contemporary writers equal Maggie O’Farrell’s gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied characterizations.” —The Washington Post
 
“Heartfelt.” —Vogue

“Marvelous, a contemporary and highly readable experiment whose ambitious structure both enacts and illuminates its central concern: what links and separates our 21st-century selves as we love, betray, blunder and soldier on (and back) through time.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Extraordinary. . . . An engrossing novel . . . from a writer of impressive, perhaps masterly, skills.” —The Washington Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345804723
ISBN-10: 0345804724
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries