The Temporary Gentleman
A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author of The Secret Scripture
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From the bestselling author of The Secret Scripture, a heartbreaking story of lost love.
Jack McNulty, a former UN observer, has worked around the world and seen extraordinary things but, as he contemplates his return to Ireland after many years, his memories are dominated by his tumultuous marriage to Mai Kirwan. A great beauty with a vivid mind, Mai was also an elusive and troubled soul, stuck in a marriage that couldn’t last.
The Temporary Gentleman is a powerful account of one man’s attempt to come to terms with the savage realities of the past.
'One's heart leaps into one's mouth and stays there . . . Exhilarating.'
Barry is an artist of the highest order.
'Both fascinating and moving, The Temporary Gentleman shows Sebastian Barry to be one of our finest novelists - daring, accommodating and humane.'
'I loved Jack and Mai's story, which oozes panache . . . Barry is brilliant on the ways of marriage.'
'This novel is an elegy - not for a temporary gentleman but for his wife . . . Almost as if good writing might have the power to save a marriage or contain the secret of happiness . . . Rare and heart-breaking.'
Told in Barry's flawless prose, it's a book that leaves the reader bruised long after the final page has been, regretfully, turned.
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