Holding By Graham Norton
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Book/Novel Author: Graham Norton
Book/Novel Title: Holding
From Graham Nortonthe BAFTA-award-winning and hugely popular BBC America television hostcomes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime. With its tale of provincial life, gimlet-eyed spinsters, and thwarted love it feels almost like a Miss Marple mystery written by Colm Tóibín (New York Times).
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, and yet its inhabitants are troubled: Sergeant P.J. Collins hasnt always been this overweight; Brid Riordan, a mother of two, hasnt always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasnt always felt that her life was a total waste.
So when human remainssuspected to be those of Tommy Burke, a former lover of both Brid and Evelynare discovered on an old farm, the villages dark past begins to unravel. As a frustrated P.J. struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his professional life, he unearths a communitys worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regrets.
Darkly comic, at times profoundly sad, and especially inviting because of its tongue-in-cheek wit (Kirkus Reviews), Holding is a masterful debut. Graham Norton employs his acerbic humor to breathe life into a host of lovable characters, and explorewith searing honestythe complexities and contradictions that make us human.