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Grace and Truth

by Jennifer Johnston

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why does this book have a photograph of the author in place of the cover? ( )
  lumpish | Apr 27, 2013 |
Johnston always writes fluidly and elegantly, and I always find that her novels are very humane ones in the fullest sense of the word—books which take a wry, sardonic but not an unkind look at the best and worst of human emotion. Quite an Irish viewpoint, I think. Grace and Truth is a well-structured novella, and Johnston handles the juxtaposition between past and present with skill, though at times I thought that the parallels she constructed between Sally and the Bishop were a little too obvious. The climax of the novel is rather predictable, and I felt some doubts about the ending—it felt just slightly too pat. Would people really react like that? Hrm. Still, as a novel of everyday irony, this slim volume is worth the read. ( )
  siriaeve | Jul 3, 2009 |
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Upon returning from a European tour, Sally is devastated and furious when her husband announces he's leaving her. She makes him pack his bags at once. But maybe, she wonders later, she really is too hard to live with? Weighed down by the unspoken secrets of two generations, she turns to her grandfather.… (more)

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