This Human Season

This Human Season

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November 1979, the height of Northern Ireland's Troubles. Kathleen Moran's son Sean has just been transferred to the hypersecure H-block in Belfast's notorious Maze prison, where he soon emerges as a young but impor-tant force in the extreme protest, known as the Blanket, that political prisoners are staging there. John Dunn is also newly arrived at the prison, having taken on the job of guard--a brutal but effective way to support a house and a girlfriend, the domestic dream. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, no one's dreams go untroubled. As rumors of a hunger strike begin to circulate, Louise Dean's pitch-perfect novel places two parents, two sons, and two enemies on a collision course that ends in a surprising and deeply resonant climax.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 374 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 589.68g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151012539
  • 9780151012534

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"Dean mercilessly heightens the suspense while managing at the same time to confer complexity and even grace on her characters and on their forbidding city."
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November 1979, the height of Northern Ireland's Troubles. Kathleen Moran's son Sean has just been transferred to the hypersecure H-block in Belfast's notorious Maze prison, where he soon emerges as a young but impor-tant force in the extreme protest that political prisoners are staging there. John Dunn is also newly arrived at the prison, having taken on the job of guard--a brutal but effective way to support a house and a girlfriend.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, no one's dreams go untroubled. As rumors of a hunger strike begin to circulate, Louise Dean's pitch-perfect novel places two parents, two sons, and two enemies on a collision course that ends in a surprising and deeply resonant climax.
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Praise for "THIS HUMAN SEASON"
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"With clear-eyed compassion, and with all the resources of the novelist's art, Louise Dean leads us through those terrible days when for a while Belfast was the vortex for the worst of the world's cruelty and pain."--J M Coetzee
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"Breathtaking . . . ["This Human Season"] is a novel that confirms the arrival of a significant voice in British fiction."--"The Observer""" "" Praise for "BECOMING STRANGERS""" "It's hard to believe that this poignant examination of long marriage is Dean's first novel, so subtly does she develop the relationships among her characters and so skillfully does she balance delight and despair . . . Dean has produced an ideal novel, right out of the box."--"Atlantic Monthly" "Dean crafts a gut-wrenching tale of marital recklessness and guilt that is reminiscent of John Updike at his most masterful . . . Her sheer talent takes one's breath away in its rigorous complexity and lyrical dazzle . . . "Becoming Strangers" is poignant, authentic, funny and extraordinary." --San Francisco Chronicle
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150 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 13% (20)
4 33% (50)
3 41% (61)
2 7% (11)
1 5% (8)
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