Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break

eBook - 2017
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Shortlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award

"[A] wrenchingly intimate depiction of a couple in the chilly, hibernal years of their marriage…[A book] with rare and unexpected beauty." —Wall Street Journal

With Midwinter Break, a moving portrait of retired couple Gerry and Stella Gilmore’s marriage in crisis, Bernard MacLaverty reminds us why he is regarded as one of the greatest living Irish writers. Through accurate, compassionate observation and effortlessly elegant writing, MacLaverty reveals the long-unspoken insecurities that exist between Gerry and Stella over their four-day holiday in Amsterdam, crafting a profound examination of human love.



Baker & Taylor
A retired couple struggling with his dogmatic forgetfulness and her religious faith attempt to repair their marriage during a vacation in Amsterdam, where they confront painful memories of a troubled time in their native Ireland. By the award-winning author of Grace Notes.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
ISBN: 9780393609639
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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unicorn1
Aug 21, 2018

I loved this book. Author Colm Toibin commented that the book is: "full of scenes that are rendered with exquisite accuracy and care..." It is a peaceful and insightful read that reveals the complexity of human relationships. Thank you to the library for purchasing this book at my request.

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uncommonreader
Jul 23, 2018

This is a beautifully written book, but the emptiness of the lives of the couple is very depressing reading.

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brian35a
May 05, 2018

A bit of a slog at times, but overall worthwhile read.
What happens to an old and possible drained marriage when the only offspring is living abroad, she is a devote Catholic, and he is a "deluded alcoholic"? Slowly and meticulously MacLaverty draws us into the biography of a marriage, and what happens when it may have run its course.

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laphampeak
Nov 26, 2017

Written with grace and tenderness. MacLaverty takes us on a midwinter break with a senior couple who display an aged relationship that has cured into an awareness of each of their individual truths. Gerry, a retired architect, now moves from moment to moment, place to place, looking for his next drink to fulfill. Stella seeks to pay for a debt from her past by religious exclusion. See how it plays out............

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