The Walled Garden

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Picador, 2001 - Aging - 309 pages
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Beth flew the coop as soon as she could, making a life for herself and her daughter in London. James, her dutiful brother, stayed in Dublin, raising a family not far from their mother, Alice. Now Alice is dying and Beth has returned to the shabby grandeur of her childhood home to keep vigil by her bedside. Unable to speak, the only way Alice feels she can bridge the gap of understanding between her and Beth is to write to her and seek reconciliation. Set during the last days of Alice's life, this is also an extraordinary preceptive novel about childhood and growing old. 'A hugely gratifying book; something to feed the spirit again and again' Irish Independent 'Dunne's writing is beautifully understated' She 'The Walled Garden is that great rarity: a flawless novel' Express

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About the author (2001)

Catherine Dunne is the author of eight novels including most recently Missing Julia, Something Like Love, At a Time Like This and Set in Stone. She has also written about Irish immigration in An Unconsidered People. All of her work has been published to both critical and popular acclaim. The novels have struck a chord in several countries and have been translated into many languages and optioned for film. Catherine Dunne lives near Dublin.

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