Literature Ireland
© Ugo Guanda Editore, 1999

© Ugo Guanda Editore, 1999

Grace Notes

Bernard MacLaverty

Returning to Belfast after a long absence to attend her father's funeral, Catherine McKenna, a young composer, remembers exactly why she left: the claustrophobic intimacies of the Catholic enclave, her fastidious, nagging mother, and the pervading tensions of a city at war with itself. She remembers a more innocent time, when the Loyalists Lambeg drums sounded mysterious and exciting; she remembers her shattered relationship with the drunken, violent Dave, she remembers the child she had with him waiting back in Glasgow. Grace Notes is a master story-teller's triumphant return to the long form, a powerful lyrical novel of great distinction.

Jonathan Cape 1997

Translated into: Danish, German, Italian

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