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The Gingerbread Woman by Jennifer Johnston
Published by Review, 2000

On a rainy afternoon on Killiney Hill a young man walking, without his overcoat, happens upon a woman gazing out over Dublin Bay, standing perilously close to the edge. From their rather testy encounter develops a
remarkable friendship which will enable each to face afresh their very different, damaged pasts, and to look, however tentatively, towards the future.

Jennifer Johnston has written a wonderful portrait of two uncompromising individuals recovering from personal tragedy and the contrasting ways in which each attempts to cope with their loss. It is an exploration of the relationship between man and woman, and of the troubled bond between parents and children.

‘Written in Johnston's usual haunting prose... no word is unnecessary' Maeve Binchy, Sunday Times

‘A new Jennifer Johnston is always a treat. I have loved every one of her exquisitely written books through-out her long career. I adore her effortless style, and her characters, who are endearingly happy in their oddness and isolation. The Gingerbread Woman is a glorious study of the way loss can affect people. It is one I will return to again and again.’ Sue Leonard, Books Ireland

‘With Jennifer Johnston, even the worst suffering is redeemed by wit, good humour and a sense of fun…. You will enjoy The Gingerbread Woman’ Daily Mail

‘I was entranced….An abrasive study of love and grief’ Elspeth Barker, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930. Her book Shadows on our Skin was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1977. She is a member of Aosdána and lives in Derry.

Jennifer will read from her work in Shannon Library on Friday, May 20th at 7.30 p.m. as part of the Writers in Libraries Programme.

By the same author:
The Captain and the Kings
The Christmas Tree
Fool’s Sanctuary
The Gates
How Many Miles to Babylon?
The Illusionist
The Invisible Worm
The Old Jest
The Railway Station Man
Shadows on Our Skin
This is Not a Novel
Two Moons

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