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    • ISBN:9781473660779
    • Publication date:02 May 2019

The Start of Summer

By Alison Walsh

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A novel about the close bonds of female friendship and the emotional undercurrents that underpin them, The Start of Summer looks at that time when life changes utterly, never to be the same again.

'Walsh writes with a warmth and humour about the disparate lives of four new mothers over one summer in Dublin. Each struggles with her own secrets and insecurities in a modern Ireland that asserts its pressures. This is a touching, enjoyable tale of friendship in all of its complexities.' Anne Griffin

A long, hot summer has just begun, and three women gather together in the park, in the shade of the trees, forming a tight circle. New mothers, they keep each other close, sharing gossip, parenting wisdom and deep secrets.
Uptight, super-organised Gracie seems to have adapted to motherhood with ease, but secretly she wonders if the cost - to her job and her relationship - is too high. Free-spirited Lina is a single parent by choice, but a surprise arrival makes her question everything she's taken for granted. And shy Jane must face up to the consequences of a painful decision she made years ago.
One day, a fellow new mother, looking lonely and a bit lost, asks to join them - and the circle opens to let her in.
Gradually, the foundations of their lives begin to crumble and their connections to each other begin to fray, each woman is forced to confront unwelcome truths about herself...
A novel about the close bonds of female friendship and the emotional undercurrents that underpin them, The Start of Summer looks at that time when life changes utterly, never to be the same again.

Biographical Notes

Alison Walsh has worked in publishing and literary journalism for a number of years. She wrote a popular and humorous column on family life for the Irish Independent for some years, and this was followed by a memoir on motherhood, In My Mother's Shoes, which became a number-one Irish bestseller in 2010. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent books pages.
Alison lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.
Follow her on Twitter at @authoralison or visit her website at www.alisonwalsh.net

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  • ISBN: 9781473660786
  • Publication date: 02 May 2019
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Walsh deftly and sympathetically tackles that taboo subject of the mother who abandons her children ... Beautifully told — Sunday Independent on All That I Leave Behind
A brave and thought-provoking novel — Irish Independent on The House at Seaview Road
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