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Solace by Belinda McKeon

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Solace by Belinda McKeon
Published by Picador in 2011

Mark Casey has left his County Longford home for Trinity where he is writing a PhD on the nineteenth-century novelist Maria Edgeworth, who spent her life on her family’s estate, not far from the Casey farm. To his father, Tom, who needs help baling the hay and ploughing the fields, Mark’s studies aren’t work at all, and they are set on a collision course, while Mark’s mother negotiates a fragile peace.

In Dublin, Mark is struggling with his thesis, losing direction and about to lose his funding too. Then, at a party he meets Joanne Lynch, a lawyer in training. She happens to be the daughter of a man who once spectacularly wronged Mark’s father, and whose betrayal Tom has remembered every single day for twenty years.
Joanne too has escaped an overbearing father at home, and for a brief time they conduct a love affair until the lightning strike of tragedy changes everything. Thrown together by grief, Tom and Mark must learn to adapt and accept each other as individuals, as well as for what each generation represents.

‘Solace is about a lot of things - love, grief, parenthood, friendship, the struggles for self-definition and intellectual autonomy - but at its core is a theme that has animated many of this country’s most enduring fictions: the endlessly problematic relationship between older and younger generations’ Sunday Business Post

A sparely written book of huge emotional power... Solace brings alive the rural experience and the conflicting values of contemporary Ireland, but is also a richly compelling love story' Sunday Independent

Belinda McKeon was born in Ireland and grew up on her parents' farm. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and worked as an arts writer for The Irish Times