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Summary

From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin comes a bold and savage story of the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland.

Having abandoned Philadelphia for the life of an international nomad, Estrin Lancaster has a taste for hot spots. She now finds herself in Belfast, a city scarred by 20 years of ritualised violence. As the former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, Farrell O'Phelan courts the company of destruction. Technically a Catholic, he shuns allegiance of any kind.

For these two normal life is anathema; love is a trap. What ensues is an affair between two loners who are beset with a fear of domesticity and a hunger for devastation.

©2015 Lionel Shriver (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Shriver proves she is not afraid of anything…" ( Observer)
"It's a wonder that subject matter on the surface so bleak can be transformed into something so uplifting." ( Daily Telegraph)
"You can rely on Lionel Shriver to upend your expectations." ( Daily Express)
"Required reading for all mortals." ( Daily Mail)
"...witty, observant and beautifully controlled." ( Literary Review)

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