Tender

Tender

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In an exploration of human relationships, Catherine, as life takes her in new directions, discovers that there is a fine line between helping someone and hurting them further as she tries to distance herself from her close friend, James, until tragedy hits, placing her at the mercy of feelings she cannot control.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First North American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316344326
031634432X
Branch Call Number: FIC MCKEON, BELINDA
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 25 cm

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uncommonreader
Jun 23, 2017

This is a novel about a straight woman who falls in love with a gay man in late 1990s Dublin. In some ways, the story could have been set several decades in the past. There are references to the Plath-Hughes relationship throughout, although it was difficult to understand what parallels were being drawn. It was difficult to become interested in the story, which was much too long and rather self-indulgent at 400 pages.

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laphampeak
Dec 30, 2016

This book is about deep affection that transcends boundaries and genders. It's not a heavily structured story so as a reader I had to somewhat float with the author in her telling the more ethereal quality of love and relationships. For that reason it seemed to lack highs and lows and could have been shortened. For it's quality of writing it's a worthy read.

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sandyc99
Nov 15, 2016

I found the choppy writing style incredibly distracting and painful to read. While the plot had potential, the language overwhelmed that interest.

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sharwhitt
Mar 18, 2016

Excellent book! 5 stars! Couldn't put it down.

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