The All of It
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The All of It

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A sleeper hit when first published in 1986, Jeannette Haien's exquisite, beloved first novel is a deceptively simple story that has the power and resonance of myth. The story begins on a rainy morning as Father Declan de Loughry stands fishing in an Irish salmon stream, pondering the recent deathbed confession of one of his parishioners. Kevin Dennehy and his wife, Enda, have been sweetly living a lie for some 50 years, a lie the full extent of which Father Declan learns only when Enda finally confides "the all of it." Her tale of suffering mesmerizes the priest, who recognizes that it is also a tale of sin and scandal, a transgression he cannot ignore. The resolution of his dilemma is a triumph of strength and empathy that, as Benedict Kiely has said, makes "The All of It" "a book to remember."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 145 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0062090097
  • 9780062090096
  • 292,370

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"one of the year's finest novels, a moral story of the most complex sort."-- Peter Prescott, "Newsweek"
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While fishing in an Irish salmonstream one rainy morning, Father Declan de Loughryponders the recent deathbed confessionof his parishioner Kevin Dennehy.It seems Dennehy and his wife, Enda, had been quietly living a lie for fiftyyears. Yet the gravity of their deceptiondoesn't become clear to the good fatheruntil Enda shares the full tale of her suffering, finally confiding -the all of it.-

Jeannette Haien's exquisite, awardwinningfirst novel is a deceptively simplestory that resonates with the powerof a modern-day myth--an unforgettablenarrative of transgression, empathy, and, ultimately, absolution.
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2,118 ratings
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