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The Amusements

ISBN: 9781844885879
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***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** In an already stellar year for Irish fiction comes The Amusements, the stunning debut from Aingeala Flannery. Set in the seaside town of Tramore, it tells the story of Helen and her more sophisticated friend Stella, from school days to adulthood. Flannery also follows the lives and interactions of their families and neighbours, giving us an acute, piercing portrayal of small-town Irish life. Compassionate and humorous in equal measure, this book will stay with you long after you have finished. Recommended by Brian Blacker, Dubray Grafton St.
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In the resort town of Tramore, County Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the
tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods at the seaside
amusements. Local teenager Helen is indifferent to the charm of her
surroundings; infatuated with her glamorous classmate Stella, she yearns to
escape with her to art college, and from there, the world. But leaving is easier
said than done. With an alcoholic father and an unsympathetic mother, Helen's
free-falling family may wreck her dream, just as it seems to be within reach . . .
As it follows Helen, Stella and their families' and neighbours' lives over two
decades The Amusements is an unforgettable story about roads taken and not
taken.

It is a brilliantly observed portrait of life in a small town, echoing with truth
and compassionn the resort town of Tramore, County Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods at the seaside amusements. Local teenager Helen is indifferent to the charm of her
surroundings; infatuated with her glamorous classmate Stella, she yearns to
escape with her to art college, and from there, the world. But leaving is easier
said than done. With an alcoholic father and an unsympathetic mother, Helen's
free-falling family may wreck her dream, just as it seems to be within reach . . .
As it follows Helen, Stella and their families' and neighbours' lives over two
decades The Amusements is an unforgettable story about roads taken and not
taken. It is a brilliantly observed portrait of life in a small town, echoing with truth
and compassion

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In the resort town of Tramore, County Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the
tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods at the seaside
amusements. Local teenager Helen is indifferent to the charm of her
surroundings; infatuated with her glamorous classmate Stella, she yearns to
escape with her to art college, and from there, the world. But leaving is easier
said than done. With an alcoholic father and an unsympathetic mother, Helen's
free-falling family may wreck her dream, just as it seems to be within reach . . .
As it follows Helen, Stella and their families' and neighbours' lives over two
decades The Amusements is an unforgettable story about roads taken and not
taken.

It is a brilliantly observed portrait of life in a small town, echoing with truth
and compassionn the resort town of Tramore, County Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods at the seaside amusements. Local teenager Helen is indifferent to the charm of her
surroundings; infatuated with her glamorous classmate Stella, she yearns to
escape with her to art college, and from there, the world. But leaving is easier
said than done. With an alcoholic father and an unsympathetic mother, Helen's
free-falling family may wreck her dream, just as it seems to be within reach . . .
As it follows Helen, Stella and their families' and neighbours' lives over two
decades The Amusements is an unforgettable story about roads taken and not
taken. It is a brilliantly observed portrait of life in a small town, echoing with truth
and compassion

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