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BLOG TOUR: Alexandra, Gone by Anna McPartlin (Book Review 2010-58)

Product Description

LETTING GO FOR GOOD . . . Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister’s art career, and looking after their volatile mother—all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.
Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra’s husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevator’s other passengers—Jane’s brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who’s ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn’t the only one among them who’s looking for something . . . or traveling toward unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.
In this insightful and irresistible novel, by turns profound, poignant, and laugh- out-loud funny, acclaimed Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a story of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves, and of the hope and strength that remain when we find the courage to leave the past behind at last.

About the Author

Anna McPartlin, who was shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 Irish Book Awards, was formerly a stand-up comedian and a cabaret performer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Donal.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439123330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439123331
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    LOVED IT 

    I just adored Pack Up the Moon and thought McPartlin couldn't top that one.  Well, she did!  The characters have depth and make you care that Alexandra is missing.  You get to know her through the interactions of Jane, Leslie, Elle and Tom.  McPartlin shines with her smart and funny dialogue and that earns extra points with me as a reader.  There are a lot of emotional roller coasters here
    and there are points at which you might be driven to tears, but the ending is worth it. I can't wait for her next release.  


    If you enjoy Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern or Harriet Evans, give Anna McPartlin a try. 



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    2 comments:

    1. Good review! First time visiting your blog--very nice :)

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    2. Hey,

      Nice post. Came to it while looking for reviews on the books that can be kept in our office library.

      Being an avid reader, I think the world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out, and after an era new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the heart of men centuries dead.

      Clarence

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