One day, years after he's moved away from his childhood home in rural Ireland, Dermot Healy returns to care for his ailing mother. Out of the blue she hands him the forgotten diary he had kept as a fifteen-year-old. He is amazed to find the makings of the writer he has become, as well as taken aback at the changes his memory has wrought.
The silhouettes who have haunted his past come back to inhabit his pages: his father, a kind policeman who plays cards and drinks stout with his cronies; his mother, whose stories young Dermot has heard so often that he believes they are his own; or Aunt Maisie, whose early disappointment in love has left her both dreamy and cynical.
Funny, direct and moving, The Bend For Home is a family portrait like no other, and a hugely engaging account of a childhood in small-town Ireland.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
This is a funny, direct, lively and moving account of growing up in small-town Ireland. Healy lovingly coaxes his childhood into being until, one day, his elderly mother hands him the coded diary he kept as a teenage tearaway and the uncut past burst in like a blast of raw air.Book Description:
Dermot Healy's extraordinary memoir of growing up in rural Ireland.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition.... Harcourt Brace (New York), 1996. First U.S. edition. Hardbound. Fine/Fine. nice copy. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 2059
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801510030441.0
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0151003041
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151003041