Mr. Lynch's Holiday by Catherine O'Flynn
A Novel

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Mr Lynch’s Holiday excels in exploring the strangeness of being the outsider and the stories people tell themselves to survive.
-Financial Times

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A sophisticated and touching novel of a father and son reconnecting in a foreign place, from the award-winning and bestselling author of What Was Lost

Retired bus driver and recent widower Dermot Lynch grabs his bags from the bus's dusty undercarriage and begins to climb the hill to his son's house. It is Dermot's first time in Spain and the first time he's been out of Birmingham in many years. When he finally arrives at the gates of the crumbling development, Dermot learns that Eamonn, only one of a handful of settlers in the half-finished ghost town of Lomaverde, has fallen prey to an alluring vision and is upside down in a dream that is slipping away.

But Dermot finds something beautiful and nostalgic in Lomaverde's decline—something that is reminiscent of his childhood in Ireland. Soon he is the center of attention in the tiny group of expats where paranoid speculation, goat hunting, and drinking are just some of the ways to pass the days. As the happenings in Lomaverde take a strange turn, father and son slowly begin to peel back their pasts, and they uncover a shocking secret at the heart of this ad hoc community.
With the depth, grace, and wry authenticity that have characterized Catherine O'Flynn's previous work, Mr. Lynch's Holiday gives us a story that again shimmers with "the power of good old realism" (Jane Smiley, The LA Times) about love, connection, and a father and son finding each other exactly when they need it most.

 

About Catherine O'Flynn

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Catherine O'Flynn is the author of the bestselling debut novel, What Was Lost, which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2007, was short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, and was long-listed for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Her second novel, The News Where You Are was an Indie Next List selection and was shortlisted for the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. She lives in Birmingham, England.
 
Published October 8, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 18 2013

...her gentle portrait of ordinary folk crossing borders, struggling for connection, has moments of understated empathy and charm. A low-key vignette of family life, appealing but not memorable.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Kate Clanchy on Aug 16 2013

It's a brilliant choice of symbol...and brilliantly rendered too. O'Flynn uses the full length of the book to show us the slow build-up of "cracks in pavements and fault lines along the road"...and, in careful parallel, the steadily accreting costs of the whole ludicrous structure to the local landscape and community.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 20 2013

O’Flynn...skillfully balances absurdity with pathos, both in Eamonn’s particular situation and in that of Lomaverde itself.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Hazel Sheffield on Aug 23 2013

Mr Lynch’s Holiday excels in exploring the strangeness of being the outsider and the stories people tell themselves to survive.

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