#Shortlist Kerry Group Irish Novel of 2019
Experiment is a success!
- This is the first time I have committed to a shortlist
- …and finished it!
- I needed a kick-start to keep up my reading momentum
- …after 3 weeks #ReadingIreland19
- I find that seeing the image of the books on every review
- keeps me focused to write a few thoughts and move
- on to the next book as soon as possible.
- Yesterday I read the last book.
- Kerry Group Best Irish Novel 2019
- …announcement on 29 May 2019.
- Travelling In A Strange Land – D. Park – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
- A Ladder To The Sky – John Boyne – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
- The Cruelty Men – Emer Martin – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
- Normal People – Sally Rooney – READING #ReadingIrelandMonth19
- Author: Jess Kidd (1973)
- Title: The Hoarder
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: shortlisted 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
Shortlisted books: read 5/5
- Care worker Maud Drennan is assigned a difficult client
- Cathal Flood…he is a hoarder.
- Maud finds herself knee-deep in hoarded junk and intrigue.
- What exactly happened to Flood’s wife years before?
- Why is Maud haunted by practically every saint
- …dishing out some fairly useless advice!
- It’s part Gothic murder mystery, part ghost story.
- Strong point: humor
- I loved the character of Renata (Maud’s partner in crime).
- Saints, Dynphna, Valentine Rita, George, Monica, Raphael are cleverly
- mixed into the narrative with their quirks and sanctity.
- Cats that lounge around Mr Flood’s home
- …are all named after writers:
- Hemingway – rousing meow with half an ear
- Beckett – sightly bored, flicks question marks with his tail
- Dame Cartland – sociable Perian with matted rear-end
- Burroughs – dour, sneaky, hisses suspiciously in corners
- Strong point: figurative language
- Kidd uses many references to maggots, toads trapdoor spiders
- cobwebs, earwigs to give the story an ultimate ‘jick-factor’
- The Gothic house we read…
- “the overgrown steps…ivy peels back from the doorframe sucker by sucker”
- Strong point: similes….compares 2 different items
- the room “….like being inside a wedding cake…
- …froths of white and gold voile and sofas, plump crescents
- …of white leather.”
- Emotion: This is the STRONGEST point of The Hoarder
- Kidd makes her characters people that you care about.
- Renata, landlady who emerges each day as Maud walks by her door
- “…like a New Age Butterfly from her ground-floor cocoon”
- Renata is a life guide for Maud.
- She oozes charm in an eccentric way!
- If you are looking for an engaging, light read
- that is riotously funny...this is your book!
- I’m looking forward to reading more books
- by Jess Kidd!
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