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Hello readers! The time has come to discuss our spring selection, Trespasses by Louise Kennedy. I feel like it’s been ages since we first announced this one and I’m really happy that the time to talk about it is finally here.
First, I’m going to ask what Kym always asks: What did you think of the book? Did you like it? And why? Or, if you didn’t like it, why not?
This was a 4 star book for me and this is the review I wrote for GoodReads: This is a wonderful debut novel, set outside Belfast in 1975, a time when the town was occupied by British soldiers and the Troubles were in the early years. The writing is nuanced, with some details merely hinted at, the characters are painfully human, and the plot meanders along nicely until there’s a rather shocking development that turns the world upside down in a myriad of ways. While there is terrible cruelty in the book, there is also an abundance of love, kindness, and compassion. Highly recommended.
Now, here’s what I’d like you to consider and leave a comment about.
I read the book Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe as a sort of companion to Trespasses and this quote from that book really struck me: The omnipresence of mortal danger drove some people to live their lives with a newfound, and sometimes reckless, intensity.
He’s talking, of course, about the early 1970s and The Troubles and the impact it had on everyone in Northern Ireland, but particularly around Belfast. And it really made me think of Trespasses and it made me wonder if that omnipresence of mortal danger is part of why Cushla embarked on the affair with Michael.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on that, both in the comment section of the blog today, but also at tonight’s zoom if you’re able to join us. And please be sure and visit Bonny and Kym’s blogs today to participate in the discussions there, too.
Happy Read With Us Day!