This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.
***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.
A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. And then a secret is revealed and suddenly, she realizes how fragile her idyll is.
One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world doesn't seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves?