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The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna

Hardcover: ISBN: 978 1 59264 219 9 Pages: c.310 US$24.95 UK£14.99 CANADA $24.95
Publication date: March 2008

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The place: County Derry, Ireland.
The time: Summer, 1974.
The problem: Loneliness.

Jamie McCloone’s early years in a grim, cruel orphanage have left him wary of people and anxious of change. Now in his early forties, he has no dreams of changing his lonely life as a bachelor farmer until his kind-hearted neighbours, Patrick and Rose, decide he is in need of a wife. Lydia couldn’t be more different to Jamie. Rector’s daughter and proper schoolteacher, she still lives at home, looking after her aged and demanding mother. She dreams constantly of changing her spinsterly fate, but has no idea how to—until a friend suggests she puts an ad in the Lonely Hearts column of the Mid-Ulster Vindicator.

The result is a meeting of absolute opposites: farmer Jamie with his cavalier attitude to personal hygiene and his ignorance of the fairer sex, and Lydia Devine, for whom everything must be folded neatly and laid in its proper place—including her ideal man.

The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. But the tears it brings to our eyes are not only tears of laughter. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy, for Jamie’s search for love is truly a search for innocence and the childhood that was stolen from him. In this exquisite first novel, McKenna lays bare a sinister period of Ireland’s history; one which many would prefer to leave hidden and safe from investigative eyes.

About the Author

Christina McKennaChristina McKenna grew up in County Derry, Northern Ireland. She received an honors degree in Fine Art from the Belfast College of Art, and studied postgraduate English at the University of Ulster. In 1986 she left Northern Ireland and spent ten years teaching both of these subjects abroad. She was, at the same time, pursuing a career as a painter. She mounted several exhibitions of her work when abroad and upon her return to Northern Ireland. The Misremembered Man is her first novel. She lives in Rostrevor, County Down, with her husband.

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The Critics Praise:

"...McKenna has created characters that readers will care about, and her lyrical dialog and Irish colloquialisms are a delight to read." - Library Journal

"...amusing and affectionate, wittily and winningly detailed." - Kirkus

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