Generation by Paula McGrath
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At the heart of the novel is Áine, who, bored with post-divorce life, takes risks that seem “unbelievable” yet mirror those we take every day. Áine’s growing realisation of those risks makes for a sobering life lesson and a gripping read.
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'A remarkable first novel' Sunday Times

'She takes a step closer to the mine shaft and it's as if she steps back in time. Her grandfather is standing where she is standing now, a young man not much older than she is, who knows nothing about the future, nothing about her.'

Generation is a short novel that contains a huge amount, taking place over eighty years, three continents and three generations.

At its heart is Áine, a recently divorced woman in her thirties who wants some kind of escape from her life in Ireland: from her ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend, her mundane job and unexciting love life. So she goes to stay for a few weeks on an organic farm near Chicago, with her six-year-old daughter Daisy. The trip doesn't turn out as she imagined it would, and that summer will have unforeseeable consequences for everyone involved.

Ambitious and gripping, Generation moves effortlessly from the smallest of details to the largest of canvases, as the repercussions of the decisions taken by parents play out in the lives of their children for years to come.
 

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Published September 18, 2018 by JM Originals. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Aug 14 2015

At the heart of the novel is Áine, who, bored with post-divorce life, takes risks that seem “unbelievable” yet mirror those we take every day. Áine’s growing realisation of those risks makes for a sobering life lesson and a gripping read.

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