The Good People by Hannah Kent

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If Stevie Wonder is correct, when you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer. Kent’s novel validates his indictment of superstition.
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Short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
One of Entertainment Weekly's "Must-Read" books for Fall
From the author of Burial Rites, "a literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller that takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy."-Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent's startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue child from a superstitious community.
Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheál, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nóra just as rumours begin to spread that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways.
Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, THE GOOD PEOPLE is Hannah Kent's startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted loveTerrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.
 

About Hannah Kent

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Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.
 
Published September 19, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 397 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 04 2017

If Stevie Wonder is correct, when you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer. Kent’s novel validates his indictment of superstition.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Maureen Mccarthy on Sep 22 2017

Although “The Good People” is fiction, it faithfully represents the hold of ancient Celtic myths on generations of Irish. It also lays bare some hard truths about human nature and leaves you thinking about belief, suspicion and what happens to a community when fear takes hold.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Blair Mlotek on Oct 20 2017

Had Kent spent more time on building the characters rather than describing the many dark events of the village, the audience would have been given a chance to understand their inner workings at a deeper level.

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