Four Letters of Love: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997 - Fiction - 257 pages
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William Coughlan abandons his wife and his son, Nicholas, to paint the pictures he believes God has commanded. He disappears into the west of Ireland on a mission, following a prompting that may or may not have been real, as he daubs the canvas and stares at the Atlantic light. On an island off the West Coast, a boy gifted in music falls mute and lame while playing with his sister. It is a moment that scars the heart of Isabel Gore, as she helps her brother, Sean, home across the island to meet the disbelief and sorrow of her parents. Two moments, two stories, on either side of the country, each apparently as random and uncertain as the other. Four Letters of Love brings them together in a lyrical effusion of bracing freshness and power. This is a novel about destiny, acceptance, the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, and about how all our stories meet in the end. It is a novel about the fated love of Isabel and Nicholas.

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The Four Letters of Love is a thought-provoking novel that I serendipitously found at the public library used bookstore. Situated in picturesque Ireland, the story begins in the first person with ... Read full review

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Fellas, discover your inner romantic. A first novel but he had written four non-fiction books before with his wife about local life. A romantic story with fantastic twists that are quite believable ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Author and playwright Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He received a Master's degree in Modern American Literature from University College Dublin, where he also studied English and French literature. In 1980, he moved to New York and worked as a copywriter for Avon Books. In 1985, he moved back to Ireland to become a full-time writer. His first four books were co-written with his wife and deal with their life together in Kiltumper, Ireland. On his own, he has written three plays and five novels. His first novel, Four Letters of Love, became an international bestseller.

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