The truth about love by Josephine HartIt’s dangerous . . . and that’s the truth about love.
A young man shields his terrible wounds from his mother; a husband believes he can love his grief-stricken wife back to life; a young girl puts her own life on hold until her family can find their way back from blinding pain; a man surrenders to the helplessness of obsessive love.
Set in Ireland, this brilliant, intense story is about a family named O’Hara who chose to remain in the place of their loss, and the stranger from Germany who ran from his. It’s about love—for another, for a country, for family—and survival, and it’s remarkable.
The Truth About Love
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Aug 10, ISBN Aug 11, ISBN The accidental death of a teenage boy has a profound effect on a small Irish town in this compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Damage. A brilliant meditation on love, loss, and the beauty of living even when times are tough, The Truth About Love shows us how men and women are shaped by tragedy, by their inherent characters, and by what they are able to learn from one another. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages.
It is such intrusions which make up the gripping passages in this novel, as Josephine Hart explores the differing ways we deal with trauma and loss. While the O'Hara family remain in the place associated with their pain, the mysterious stranger Thomas Middlehoff from Germany has tried to flee his. It is its insight into the psyche of the outsider that is the strength of this novel, as Hart is adept at balancing the "anatomical eye" with the mourning heart and the thinking head. These "intrusions" also have their effect stylistically and Hart seems a linguistic descendant of Beckett and Joyce as she dispenses with linear narrative for the purposes of showing how the mind works, in prose that reveals as much the truth about language as it does about love. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The Truth about Love is Irish-born writer Jospehine Hart's sixth novel, continuing her trademark themes of family secrets, obsessive passion, loss, death and legacy. This time Hart extends these themes to include the storied and difficult history of Ireland and, to a lesser degree, Germany, and how a country's violent past can affect its citizens. The opening chapter is a powerful stream-of-consciousness sequence from the mind of a teen boy as he dies after being injured while playing with explosives. He lies on the ground asking his sister to summon the priest and to shield his broken body from his mother, who has already recently lost a young daughter. Don't let Mama see me.