Instructions for a Heatwave

Instructions for a Heatwave Sophisticated intelligent impossible to put down Maggie O Farrell s beguiling novels After You d Gone winner of a Betty Trask Award The Distance Between Us winner of a Somerset Maugham Award The

  • Title: Instructions for a Heatwave
  • Author: Maggie O'Farrell
  • ISBN: 9780755358786
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sophisticated, intelligent, impossible to put down, Maggie O Farrell s beguiling novels After You d Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award and her unforgettable bestseller The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox blend richly textured psychological drama wSophisticated, intelligent, impossible to put down, Maggie O Farrell s beguiling novels After You d Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award and her unforgettable bestseller The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox blend richly textured psychological drama with page turning suspense Instructions for a Heatwave finds her at the top of her game, with a novel about a family crisis set during the legendary British heatwave of 1976 Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to find that her husband of forty years has gone to get the paper and vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way Gretta s three grown children converge on their parents home for the first time in years Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing Monica, with two stepdaughters who despise her and a blighted past that has driven away the younger sister she once adored and Aoife, the youngest, now living in Manhattan, a smart, immensely resourceful young woman who has arranged her entire life to conceal a devastating secret Maggie O Farrell writes with exceptional grace and sensitivity about marriage, about the mysteries that inhere within families, and the fault lines over which we build our lives the secrets we hide from the people who know and love us best In a novel that stretches from the heart of London to New York City s Upper West Side to a remote village on the coast of Ireland, O Farrell paints a bracing portrait of a family falling apart and coming together with hard won, life changing truths about who they really are.

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    1. Why have I not read Maggie O'Farrell before?!I don't know, 'cause she's gooooood. Like, sit in the bathtub until you're a prune good. Miss your stop on the train good. Refuse to split the driving time on a weekend road trip good. I may or may not have done all of these things while reading this book. In all honesty, this is a pretty standard Family in Crisis novel. The basic plot is a rather familiar one: husband leaves one day and doesn't come home, mother requests the presence of her far-flung [...]

    2. A solid, gripping family saga. A thoroughly enjoyable read. One of those books that makes living a joy. Packed with back story and intrigue. THE BLURBThe stunning new novel from Costa Award winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a [...]

    3. Onvan : Instructions for a Heatwave - Nevisande : Maggie O'Farrell - ISBN : 755358783 - ISBN13 : 9780755358786 - Dar 352 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2013

    4. My rating: 2 of 5 starsA copy of Instructions for a Heatwave was provided to me by Knopf for review purposes.'Odd that your life can contain such significant tripwires to your future and, even while you wander through them, you have no idea.'The story itself starts off at a slow and leisurely pace that doesn't ever quite pick up speed but the writing itself was quite gripping. The characters are also very drab and almost boring but they're written so well that they somehow manage to be intriguin [...]

    5. 4.5★First. Before anything else. Thank you Maggie O’Farrell for this (and you’re welcome, anyone else like me who has never got this right either):“ ‘Mum,’ Aoife says again. ‘It’s me.’‘Aoife?’It strikes Aoife in that moment that her mother is the only one who can properly pronounce her name. The only person in whose mouth it sounds as it should. Her accent—still unmistakably Galway, after all these years—strikes the first syllable with a sound that is halfway between E [...]

    6. This book dithers like an elderly woman pondering what flavor of Cesar dog food to feed to her spoiled schnauzer. It dithers like my last rambling sentence.The main reason I finished reading the novel was to see if anything mind-blowing actually happened. Hell, I would have settled for nose-blowing or blink-inducing. To me, the huge secret that matriarch Gretta Riordan held back from her children had the strength of a butterfly burp. Perhaps its a culture thing and I'm out of the loop. But to me [...]

    7. Hard for those of us who live in Australia, are used to extreme heart and who have seen droughts go on for years, to imagine England in the middle of a heatwave and drought. But that is the scene in 1976 and it it’s based on real events. Into that too real situation in London recently retired Robert Riordan, formally of Ireland, tells his wife Gretta he is going to buy a paper. When he does not come back Gretta calls together their adult children consisting of Michael Francis, and Monica and A [...]

    8. I absolutely loved The Hand That First Held Mine when I read it a couple of years ago. The weaving of stories, the secrets and slow revelations were all so beautifully done. It is a compelling read. So, I absolutely jumped at the chance of a review copy of the new novel from the lovely folk at Tinder Press. I didn't read it straight away, but once I saw all the amazing comments from people that had, I knew it was time to dive in. I read it, and enjoyed it, but didn't immediately connect with it [...]

    9. Dear Book Club that meets at the library every third Wednesday (which means in two days),I am really sorry. I can't do it. I can't afford to read anything that I don't love/like/enjoy anymore. This definitely does not fit that requirement. I hear myself sighing loudly each time I pick this up. I got to page 110. I'm so sorry, Book Club. I know I DNF-ed 4 selections in the past year, but these books (Miss Timmins' School for Girls, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, and now this [...]

    10. For an avid reader nothing quite compares with that thrill you get when you open the pages of a favourite writer's latest novel. Even seeing glowing advance reviews does nothing to temper that underlying apprehension that this one might not tick all the boxes but you would think I'd know by now, 6 novels in, that I can rely on Maggie O'Farrell.Instructions for a Heatwave is mostly set in London in 1976. The city is in the midst of a searing heatwave and "strange weather brings out strange behavi [...]

    11. Another spot-on tale of family and romantic relationships – O’Farrell always gets the emotional tenor just right. As with The Hand That First Held Mine, this novel is narrated in the present tense, which I acknowledge can be irksome, but again, here she manages it perfectly; it’s a handy tool for lending a sense of immediacy and reality.You may spot hints of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (a family patriarch goes out for a walk but doesn’t come back), All the Begg [...]

    12. 3.5 stars Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O Farrell is a very enjoyable and entertaining novel and I was really excited to read this book having loved The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.The story is set in London in July 1976. It hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged [...]

    13. Recently I heard Kate Atkinson speak at a writer's festival. I am an only child, as is she, and she said something that struck a chord with me. She talked about how she is fascinated by families and the dynamics between siblings. It seems to her that families are a safe place where you can behave worse than you would in any other facet of your life and somehow it is permissible and you will (eventually) be forgiven. When the sibling dynamic is something that you yourself have not experienced, it [...]

    14. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell took me captive! I love her style of writing, her story and her way of capturing an Irish accent. I haven’t read anything by her before so it is good surprise to find another author that I really enjoy.Gretta Riordan is suffering through the London heatwave of 1976 by not using the dishwasher and watering her garden. Her children are grown up and living away but all have troubles of their own. She had been married 40 years and her husband said he [...]

    15. “The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce [...]

    16. This novel is set during the heatwave of 1976, which I remember very well. Oddly enough, I read the book during recent hot weather, and it made the heat feel even more tangible. The novel centres around the Riordan family. Gretta is the matriarch and, whatever the weather, she bakes soda bread three times a week. Her day starts as normal - she bakes and husband Robert leaves at his usual time to buy a newspapr. He doesn't returnRobert's disappearance leads to Gretta's grown children rallying rou [...]

    17. The secrets we keep from our families are always the darkest ones, the ones that hurt so much. It is important to look good to our families, to look like we have it together, that we are independent and that we can stand on our own two feet. Of course, that's not true. We need our families to be in our corner, to be our cheerleaders and to lean on.This story begins with a husband and father who walks out the front door in the morning and doesn't come back. As his three children join their mother [...]

    18. "Strange weather brings strange behavior." In Maggie O’Farrell’s latest book, it does indeed. “As a Bunsen burner applied to a crucible will bring about an exchange of electrons, the division of some compounds and the unification of others, so a heatwave will act upon people. It lays them bare, it wears down their guard.”It is 1976 and London is in the grip of an historical heatwave. And in the midst of it, Gretta Riordan discovers that her husband of 40 years has gone. Her three adult c [...]

    19. posted on July 1 2015; re-posted on Aug. 26 2015.Maybe this Book will help.It's time we change the climate change back, folks!

    20. This was a book club read for me and I absolutely loved it.It’s a family drama set in London during a heatwave in 1976. It evoked the period so perfectly. All the wonderful expressions from the time that Maggie O’Farrell weaves through this story reminded me of my grandmother. The language was beautiful. The characters were all flawed, but likeable. The four narrative strands are deftly managed, adding so much depth and richness to the story. The thing I loved most about this book was the wa [...]

    21. This book was okay and, being half Irish I could identify with the family based interactions prevalent throughout.It was an enjoyable yarn but Maggie O'Farrell needs to research a bit better next time she decides to write a book that is not set in the presente mistakes made were numerous and easy to avoid.Firstly Robert's brother was alluded to as 'having died in the Troubles - before we were born'. This is mentioned by Michael Francis, who, as it turns out, was born in the forties (more of this [...]

    22. It's 1976 and England is experiencing the worst heat wave in decades. Greta Riordan wakes to another stifling July day to discover her husband has disappeared, leaving no hints as to where he might be. She notifies her three children, and they come to her aid, bringing with them all the resentments, hurts, jealousies, and bitterness accumulated from years of living in a family wracked with deep secrets, led by a mother made dotty by crushing disappointments. This is an engaging novel, with sympa [...]

    23. In my view Maggie O'Fattell has written an uneven spread of novels. Her debut novel After You'd Gone was a ta tantalising atmospheric read with Gothic undertones and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox was a poignant examination of identity and belonging. The rest have worked less well. Instructions for a Heatwave is somewhere in between. The novel uses the great 1976 heatwave as its framework suggesting that great heat makes people react in different ways and draws things hidden into exposure. O F [...]

    24. This is an elegant novel from a prize-winning author that captivates from the opening page. Set in 1976 during a heatwave in London it’s about a family in crisis. Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he is going to the store to buy a newspaper – but he never returns. Gretta’s grown-up children return to the family home to help their mother at this difficult time, but they have problems of their own. Michael is on the brink of divorce. Monica still mourns divorcing her first husband, a [...]

    25. Originally posted at bookerteaseThis is the second book that I have read in the last month where the events occur during a heatwave; both times I have been really impressed with the way the heatwave becomes an integral part of the story. In this current book – Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell – after months of no rain and oppressive heat, Robert Riordan tells his wife that he is going to the corner store one morning and then never returns. His departure is the basis for a re [...]

    26. It's July 1976, London, and the heatwave gripping the country is the least of Gretta Riordan's problems when her husband leaves the house to buy a newspaper and doesn't come back. Maggie O'Farrell uses the third-person narrative voice to move seamlessly between the characters, as the family gathers together to search for Robert. Matthew Francis, the eldest, has two children and a wife, but he's stuck in a job he hates and is watching helplessly as his marriage crumbles around him; Monica, the fa [...]

    27. Boken binder tag i mig från första sidan. Väldigt välskriven och spännande och jag tar hela familjen Riordan till mitt hjärta.

    28. This book surprised and charmed me far more than I expected it would.London, 1976. The country is in the middle of a legendary heatwave, and the drought and mandated water restrictions have everyone on edge. One morning Gretta Riordan's husband, Robert, goes to get his newspaper, just like he does every morning since his retirement. Yet this time he doesn't come back, and he empties out his bank account on the way.Gretta, a loud, emotional woman, has never met a crisis she couldn't wring for dra [...]

    29. In the summer of 1976, during a heatwave that has gripped London, Gretta Riordan's husband Robert goes off one morning on an errandd disappears.The event will bring Gretta and Robert's grown children back to the homestead. Michael Francis, from his wife and children; Monica, from the countryside where she lives with her second husband Peter and his two children; and unexpectedly, Aoife, the youngest, who has been living in New York for years.A convergence of the siblings will resurrect old rival [...]

    30. Though this is the first book by the author that I have read, I already own two of O’Farrell’s previous books after hearing some rave reviews of them. I tend to love Irish literature, so when I saw this title, I eagerly added it to my To-Read pile. This family drama offers the reactions of the Riordan family in the wake of the disappearance of Robert, father of Michael Francis, Monica and Aoife and husband to Gretta. The book immediately engages you and the first day cleanly focuses on each [...]

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