Belinda McKeon


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A searing novel about longing, intimacy and obsession from the award-winning author of Solace.

When they meet in Dublin in the late nineties, Catherine and James become close as two friends can be. She is a sheltered college student, he an adventurous, charismatic young artist. In a city brimming with possibilities, he spurs her to take life on with gusto. But as Catherine opens herself to new experiences, James's life becomes a prison; as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to truly be himself. Catherine, grateful to James and worried for him, desperately wants to help — but as time moves on, and as life begins to take the friends in different directions, she discovers that there is a perilously fine line between helping someone and hurting them further. When crisis hits, Catherine finds herself at the mercy of feelings she cannot control, leading her to jeopardize all she holds dear.

By turns exhilarating and devastating, Tender is a dazzling exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell. It is the story of first love and lost innocence, of discovery and betrayal. A tense high-wire act with keen psychological insights, this daring novel confirms McKeon as a major voice in contemporary fiction, belonging alongside the masterful Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright.
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395 printed pages


    Дарья Расковаshared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💞Loved Up

    давно ничего подобного не читала: свежего, чистого, какого-то юного и волнующего. кампус-роман от молодой ирландской писательницы о дружбе, любви, ревности и непоправимых поступках молодости. предупреждение: гомофобам не сюда.


    Дарья Расковаhas quoted5 years ago
    What happened between herself and James was inevitable.
    Was that true? Was that a reality?
    Was a reality something you arrived at, or something you made?
    Or something you just forced onto things?

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