Instructions for A Heatwave

Instructions for A Heatwave

Book - 2013
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When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother's home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, where they uncover illuminating family secrets.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd., ©2013.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443418232
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,24 cm.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

When Gretta’s husband leaves home and doesn’t come back, she calls her three adult children home to help. They arrive to a record-breaking heatwave, and no idea how to find their dad.

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Sansha
Jan 27, 2017

Another enjoyable read by Maggie O'Farrell. Set within a dysfunctional Irish family who must come together after the disappearance of their husband/father.

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heinrij
Aug 21, 2015

If you enjoy Irish families bickering,(I don't), this is the book for you. Some sex and bad languaage. I would rate it M for mature.

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empbee
Apr 01, 2015

Good beginning, slow middle, very good revelation. Familiar family issues in good setting spiced with some mystery. Enjoyable read.

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uncommonreader
Aug 20, 2014

Set during the UK drought of 1976, a father's disappearance brings together his estranged children. Although there is a mystery, which is resolved in Connemara, the novel is about family relationships. The mother is particularly well portrayed. A little disappointing compared to O'Farrell's other novels.

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

loveablelibrarian Apr 23, 2014

A really smooth read full of interesting characters and intriguing setting. Recommended!

madison382 Mar 16, 2014

Really enjoyed her style of writing.

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finn75
Jan 17, 2014

A family comes together in the face of a crisis despite their own personal turmoils. Funny and sweet. Abrupt ending but an enjoyable read.

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SusieMac
Dec 21, 2013

I love Maggie O'Farrell's work and this was no exception. A bit different to her other works in that it has a somewhat unresolved ending compared to her other novels. This novel is more character-driven than plot driven, so perhaps that is why.

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