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The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
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The News Where You Are (2010)

by Catherine O'Flynn

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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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Most stories follow a linear timeline outlining and then resolving a specific plot. If you’re lucky with your reading material, descriptive prose and interesting characters are included in the mix. This book was a bit different. It was primarily a character study of a man named Frank, a middle-aged TV newscaster who provides for his wife and young daughter, and regularly visits his depressive mother in a care facility. There is a bit of a story, but the timeline is sometimes scattered instead of straightforward. The story is told in a series of vignettes that feature Frank or someone close to him. In this manner you get to know Frank very well, as well as some of the people around him. All I know is when I finished this book I felt a little sad, the way you do when you say goodbye to a friend. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
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.
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' . . . 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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