'I was more moved by this book than by anything I have read in a long time. It is utterly heartbreaking. For me it is Bolger's finest work...remarkable in its sensitivity and tragic in its accuracy ' - Sunday Independent
'Audacious and moving...Bolger's brilliant conflation of detective story, ghost hunt and history lesson is compulsive' - The Times
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Following a car crash, for several seconds Sean Blake is clinically dead, but when the paramedics restart his heart, his world feels profoundly changed.
This is not the first time he had been given a second life. At six weeks of age he was taken from his birth mother, a young girl forced to give him up for adoption. Now he senses that until he unlocks the truth about his own identity, he will be a stranger to his wife, Geraldine, to his children, and to himself.
Struggling against a wall of official silence and a complex sense of guilt, Sean embarks on an absorbing search for his birth mother, a journey into archives, dreams and startling confessions.
Acclaimed upon publication almost two decades ago, A Second Life continued to haunt Dermot Bolger’s imagination, compelling him to retell the story in a uniquely ‘renewed’ edition of a classic Irish novel, which grows towards a conclusion that is spellbinding and profoundly moving.
‘I was more moved by this book than by anything I have read in a long time. It is utterly heartbreaking. For me it is Bolger’s finest work…remarkable in its sensitivity and tragic in its accuracy ‘ – Sunday Independent
‘Audacious and moving…Bolger’s brilliant conflation of detective story, ghost hunt and history lesson is compulsive’ – The Times
|Dimensions||.198 x .129 x .15 mm|
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