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The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn

The News Where You Are (2010)

by Catherine O'Flynn

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An enjoyable elegiac comedy on ageing, media culture, transience and memory. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 4, 2014 |
I like reading Catherine O'Flynn's writing. She has a knack of taking ordinary, flawed, and unassuming people and turning them into endearing, meaningful characters. The plot in The News Where You Are doesn't have any major action, but it has a nice flow and is a pleasurable read. ( )
  JGoto | Jun 7, 2014 |
i didn't want this to end. the story is sort of all over the place but that is life. good reader. coincidently tom is reading what was lost by o'flynn and is whipping through it. ( )
  mahallett | Apr 5, 2014 |
This novel unpeels like an onion and each layer can bring tears. Frank, a local newscaster, is devastated by having to report on the anonymous deaths of the Eleanor Rigbys and makes it a point of attending their funerals. He's surrounded by his aging broadcast mentor, a miserable mother, an astute young daughter, a washed up joke writer and his architect father, deceased and just as distant when he was alive. Quite a collection and Frank himself is a lovely man. The majority of characters are quite admirable, a rarity in today's fiction. This is like the anti-Gone Girl, quiet and thoughtful and well constructed. ( )
  froxgirl | Jan 16, 2014 |
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Catherine O'Flynn's second novel incrementally tries to build a case for neighbourhood engagement in the face of an urban environment denuded of human warmth.
There is a plot of sorts – – but it's a wispy kind of plot, and suspense hardly matters in this blend of Dickens and Alan Bennett, written in the kind of stripped-down, flat style that so suits its time and place.
O'Flynn's fluid minimalism, at times eerie and even bordering on the absurd, is the work of a writer up to something more structurally ambitious.
The News Where You Are is an easy, pleasant read, and offers some insights about growing old, at 75, or at 45, or perhaps refusing to do so at all.

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He gave up any pretence of jogging now and walked slowly along the lane, following in the wake of an empty crisp packet blown along the tarmac.
' . . . When you go back and scratch at the surface you find the people who knew him and who he'd meant something to or who he impacted in some way. He left traces. Then at the other extreme there are people like my father who leave behind this very tangible, physical legacy. Concrete proof that he existed, but if all his buildings went, what traces of him would remain?'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805091807, Paperback)

From the bestselling author of What Was Lost comes a spirited literary mystery about a television anchorman's search for the truth about the disappearances that surround him

Frank Allcroft, a television news anchor in his hometown (where he reports on hard-hitting events, like the opening of canine gyms for overweight pets), is on the verge of a mid-life crisis. Beneath his famously corny on-screen persona, Frank is haunted by loss: the mysterious hit-and-run that killed his predecessor and friend, Phil, and the ongoing demolition of his architect father's monumental postwar buildings. And then there are the things he can't seem to lose, no matter how hard he tries: his home, for one, on the market for years; and the nagging sense that he will never quite be the son his mother—newly ensconced in an assisted-living center—wanted.

As Frank uncovers the shocking truth behind Phil's death, and comes to terms with his domineering father's legacy, it is his beloved young daughter, Mo, who points him toward the future. Funny and touching, The News Where You Are is a moving exploration of what we do and don't leave behind, proving once more that Catherine O'Flynn's writing "shimmers with dark brilliance" (Chicago Tribune).

The News Where You Are is a 2011 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original.

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Frank, a television newsanchor in Birmingham, England, is on the verge of a midlife crisis. The demolition of buildings designed by his late father, the somewhat mysterious death of his on-screen partner and mentor, Phil, and Frank's obsession with people who die alone lead him down a path of self-discovery.… (more)

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