#Review: The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin @johnmurrays @HachetteIre @ElaineEgan_ #TheArtOfFalling #IrishFiction #IrishAuthor
Release date - 4th February 2021
Book length -304 pages
Publisher -John Murray
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke's most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture.
As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.
A deftly-layered story of lies, secrets, and the power that art and love can hold over people, THE ART OF FALLING by Danielle McLaughlin is an excellent novel that fascinated me from the very beginning.
Nessa McCormack is trying her best to make her marriage work after her husband slept with the mother of their daughter's best friend, but it is proving more difficult than she thought it would be. But at least she can throw herself into her work, curating the move of the prestigious sculptor Robert Locke's work to the gallery. Nessa feels on solid ground here as she knows she is an expert in this field even if dealing with his eccentric widow and daughter can be challenging at times. But when a woman lays claim to Locke's most famous art piece, The Chalk Sculpture, Nessa must dig into the past to see if there is any truth to the rumours. And when the son of her oldest best friend comes into her life, she may just have to face up to her actions in the past in her personal life too, if she is ever going to find peace in the present.
Compelling characters and textured parallels between art and Nessa's own life make this story unputdownable. All of the characters are flawed and human which makes them all the more relatable, and as I got to know Nessa, her family, the Locke family, and those connected to them, I wanted to understand them and the decisions that they made throughout their lives.
THE ART OF FALLING by Danielle McLaughlin is a stunning debut from a talented new author and I eagerly look forward to Danielle's next novel.
Danielle McLaughlin is the author of the short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Irish Times, the Stinging Fly, and various anthologies. She has won the Windham Campbell Prize, the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, the Willesden Short Story Prize, the Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. The Art of Falling is her first novel.
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