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A Keeper: A Novel

A Keeper: A Novel

Scris de Graham Norton

Povestit de Graham Norton


A Keeper: A Novel

Scris de Graham Norton

Povestit de Graham Norton

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Aug 13, 2019
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9781508295792
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From Graham Norton — the BAFTA Award-winning Irish television host and author of the “charming debut novel” (New York Journal of Books) Holding, a masterly and haunting tale of secrets and ill-fated love follows a young woman who returns to Ireland after her mother’s death and unravels the identity of her father.

When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying good-bye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters — and ultimately, the truth.

Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.

A Keeper confirms Graham Norton’s status as a fresh and evocative literary voice and illustrates his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.

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Graham Norton is the award-winning host of The Graham Norton Show, one of the most popular programs on BBC America. He is the author of the bestselling memoirs So Me and The Life and Loves of a He Devil. He lives in London and is the author of the novels Holding and A Keeper.  


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  • (5/5)
    I was surprised! I've always loved Graham....but you know how it is...celebrities think they can write. But Graham really can! I enjoyed it and am looking forward to his next book!
  • (5/5)
    Graham is a great story teller. This was a very enjoyable book!
  • (4/5)
    What an interesting story this was! I haven't read the author's first book, but have heard so many great things that I was excited to give this one a try. It was filled with really great characters that just popped to life on the pages and I especially enjoyed the tour around parts of Ireland. The plot was interestingly twisted and kept me incredibly engaged throughout. It was like a breath of fresh air to read. No disgusting, grisly serial killers, no dark psychopathic thoughts - just a good old mystery of normal people's lives. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a copy; my review is my own opinion.
  • (4/5)
    The big draw for me was the Irish setting, an old house and a mystery about a past life. The book is divided by chapters titled Now and Then. We start off in present with Elizabeth Keane returning to her childhood home in Ireland. Her mother has died and Elizabeth must clear out the house and make a decision regarding selling.Elizabeth was never extremely close to her mother Patricia, often wishing she had a father figure in her life. Whenever she asked questions about her father Patricia would always say he was a kind man and he died shortly after they were married. After college she moved to New York and started her own life, marrying, divorcing and ending up with a son named Zach.Now she is back in Ireland to see the home she inherited, trying to avoid her nosy cousins, anxious to return home. Now that wouldn’t be me! I would love to have a home in Ireland and spend half the year there. Anyway, as she’s cleaning out a wardrobe she comes across a package of handwritten letters, love letters from her father Edward Foley.We drift into the Then chapters and see what Patricia was like fifty years ago. As you read the backstory about Edward and Patricia, get to know the horror of Edward’s mother (I mean truly) the story that unfolds takes such a neck braking twist that I couldn’t out it down. Trust me, you’ll be surprised.Elizabeth’s son Zach and ex-husband have minor roles; mostly they could have been left out in my opinion but it adds slightly to the story. If you’d like to armchair travel to West Cork Ireland (past and present) and enjoy a mystery you will enjoy this book.When I requested this book I didn’t know the author was the Graham Norton, the Irish television host. Impressive – I will certainly look for more by Mr. Norton.Much thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book. Publication date is August 13, 2019. All opinions are mine and I was not compensated for this review.Sharing with Joy for the British Isles Friday series.
  • (5/5)
    I could NOT put this DOWN! Just a terrific novel---the THEN an NOW aspects worked perfectly and I was especially pleased with the AFTER. I will now go and find his earlier novel: Holding
  • (4/5)
    This is the first novel I have read by BBC TV presenter Graham Norton and it didn't disappoint!Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland following the death of her mother, to clear the house and put it on the market for sale. She quickly finds some old letters and gradually a story unfolds about both her mother's and her own past. At the same time she discovers that her teenage son is not with his father in San Francisco, but in fact is staying with his much older girlfriend.This is one of those books with two storylines, one in the past and one in the present, which unfold together. Cleverly written and engaging throughout. Definitely worth a read.Thank you to Netgalley for providing an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not sure what I expected from this book, my first by Graham Norton, but it wasn't what I got. For the first few chapters I couldn't help but read it imagining Norton's slightly mocking tone of voice but once I put that aside I was thoroughly engrossed in this dual timeline novel.This is a story of Now and Then. 'Now' is when Elizabeth Keane comes back to Ireland from New York to sort out her late mother's estate, including her house. Being back in her childhood home is far from easy for her - family vultures are descending on her and she feels out of kilter there. A surprise discovery leads her to Castle House, a remote place near the sea and from there she uncovers even more surprises from the past.The 'Then' story is the story of Elizabeth's mother, Patricia, 40+ years earlier. Having spent her prime looking after her mother she wonders if it's too late to find love. I don't want to say anything more about Patricia's story as I think the reader must find out for themselves. However, what I will say is that it is Patricia's story that surprised me and wasn't at all what I was expecting. It's a little incredible but also very well done. It certainly has a dark side to it and looks at how tragic circumstances can affect the mind. This is a book that has some very mixed up people in it making it a bit disturbing in nature. Ultimately, though, they're mixed up due to terrible events and there's a real sense of despair and unhappiness running through it. Elizabeth's tale is more investigatory. When she finds some letters hidden in her mother's wardrobe it leads her to question all that she believed about her past. I do tend to prefer the more modern side of dual timeline books for this reason and this book was no exception as Elizabeth travels through Ireland searching for answers.I enjoy stories that jump around and allow the past and present to intermingle so A Keeper suited me very well. I think this is an intelligent and thoughtful book with a few one liners that smacked of the author's humour, but mainly a serious story of mothers and their children and all they will do to see them happy and settled. I'd definitely read another book by Graham Norton (I must get round to Holding) as he has a perceptive writing style, one which really appeals to me.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book! Graham is a multi-talented person and this book shows what a great writer he is. Marian Keyes wrote: '...his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting." I can't top that!