The Truth About Love (eBook)
The accidental death of a teenage boy has a profound effect on a small Irish town in this compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Damage. As Sissy, the boy’s mother, struggles to overcome her senseless loss, her daughter, Olivia, works to keep her brother’s memory alive in a swiftly changing country. And Thomas—known as “The German” to his neighbors—is drawn into the family’s grief, forcing him to confront the past that has brought him to Ireland and a new crossroads.
A brilliant meditation on love, loss, and the beauty of living even when times are tough, The Truth About Love shows us how men and women are shaped by tragedy, by their inherent characters, and by what they are able to learn from one another.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Josephine Hart is the best-selling author of Damage, Sin, Oblivion, The Stillest Day, and The Reconstructionist. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She lives in London with her husband, Maurice Saatchi, and their two sons.
Praise for The Truth About Love…
Praise from England and Ireland:
“The Truth About Love is an ambitious and poetic weaving of a long-ago family tragedy into the tragic history, and histories, of our time. Josephine Hart has come home in triumph.”
“In this compelling and remarkable book, Hart has written a moving lament for exile . . . The novel’s opening is a tour de force . . . There are echoes of Beckett and Joyce in Hart’s writing, especially in the brilliantly fractured syntax.”
–Times Literary Supplement
“Deeply moving . . . It packs a punch far beyond its size . . . An uncompromising tale that explores grief, redemption and memory.”
“A bleak tale, beautifully told, about the one burden we must all, as human beings, survive . . . Hart takes us to a place that, for most of us, has hitherto been both unimagined and unimaginable.”
“Hart’s dialogue is extraordinary, blending poetry and naturalism like the great Irish playwrights . . . This book is sui generis.”
“A brave novel . . . Hart’s [characters] live beyond the confines of even her fiery and elegant prose and are impossible, once encountered, to forget.”
“A genuine, deeply felt story of love and loss.”