The Things We Know Now

Catherine Dunne

3.8 based on 14 ratings & 3 reviews on Goodreads.com

2013 Nominee

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year

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26 September 2013
9781447209317
352 pages
Synopsis

When Patrick Grant meets Ella, he seizes the opportunity of a new life with her. He imagines the future with his beautiful second wife by his side: the years ahead filled with all that is bright and promising. When Ella gives birth to Daniel, Patrick’s happiness is complete. A son at last. Patrick adores Daniel: a golden child, talented, artistic, loving.

And then, when Daniel is fourteen, tragedy strikes. Without warning, Patrick and Ella’s world is shattered beyond repair and Patrick is forced to re-evaluate everything: his own life, his role as husband and father, all his previous assumptions about family. Together with Ella, he is forced to embark on a voyage of discovery. He must confront uncomfortable truths about himself and about the privileged world he and his wife inhabit.

This is the story of a family torn apart by conflict, suspicion and loss. It is also a story, ultimately, of redemption and forgiveness – and the strength of severely-tested family bonds.

‘Several-splendored . . . gripping . . . brilliant’ Sunday Independent

‘A gripping read’ Irish Sunday Independent

‘A compelling story’ Irish Examiner