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  1. This Must Be the Place: A novel
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  2. This Must Be the Place: A novel

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An irresistible love story, an unforgettable family. Best-selling author Maggie O’Farrell captures an extraordinary marriage with insight and laugh-out-loud humor in what Richard Russo calls “her breakout book.” Perfect for readers of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
 
Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex–film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Claudette was once the most glamorous and infamous woman in cinema before she staged her own disappearance and retreated to blissful seclusion in an Irish farmhouse. 

But the life Daniel and Claudette have so carefully constructed is about to be disrupted by an unexpected discovery about a woman Daniel lost touch with twenty years ago. This revelation will send him off-course, far away from wife, children, and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?
 
“O’Farrell’s prose manages to be both intimate and expansive and keenly perceptive in its insights about the complexities of marriage.  Beautiful and bittersweet, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE will make O’Farrell’s longtime fans swoon while prompting new readers to wonder why they’ve only just discovered her.”
--BookPage
 
 “I have been a huge fan of Maggie O’Farrell’s novels for years.  She writes with tremendous clarity and poise and in THIS MUST BE THE PLACE you are invested in what happens to Daniel and Claudette from the moment you meet them.  A joy to read.”
 --Jane Green
 
“Inventive, moving, and hilarious. I loved it.”  
—Rachel Joyce, best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
 




From the Hardcover edition.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Maggie O'Farrell
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780385349437
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Knopf
Manufacturer
Knopf
NumberOfPages
401
PublicationDate
2016-07-19
Publisher
Knopf
ReleaseDate
2016-07-19
Studio
Knopf
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
Although not an easy read this will be one of my all-time favorites. The story covers from 1944 through 2016 and each character, including peripheral characters, are assigned a chapter with the location and date. They are not in chronological order so it was a challenge for me but with some effort they all marvelously came together. It is primarily a story about the marriage of Daniel and Claudette. Daniel was a linguist and Claudette was a famous actress that all of a sudden disappeared some thinking that she was drown at sea with her son Ari. Daniel went to Ireland to collect the ashes of his grandfather and discovered Claudette’s whereabouts. Ari was “speech challenged” (had a severe stutter) and Claudette convinces Daniel to work with her son. The story takes to several different countries including Ireland, China, France, UK, US, Sweden and Bolivia. What makes this book stand out is the intellectual... Read more
Brief summary and review, no spoilers.

This story goes back and forth in time involving multiple characters from different places, but the most prominent is Daniel Sullivan. At the start of the book, Daniel is married to a beautiful and highly eccentric former actress named Claudette and they live in an isolated farmhouse somewhere in the Irish countryside. We learn how they met - in part because of Claudette's son's stuttering - and that Claudette is driving Daniel to the train station eventually on his way to Brooklyn to see his ailing (and despised) father.

Each chapter in this book is given a different title (we soon see its relevance) and a different time and location. It is through this technique that we learn about Daniel and Claudette's past - how she was once world-famous and how she disappeared from the public eye with her young son and moved into the remote Irish farmhouse. We learn abou Daniel's past - about his previous marraige and his two... Read more
I've never read O'Farrell before, what a terrific discovery. She is funny and brave. There are layers upon layers to the storytelling in this book, and for some, this will prove irritating or too difficult. Chapters not only jump around in time, but also by narrator. It irritated me to begin with -- I was dying to just stick with one character or another and let them play their story out. But there's an accumulative effect by the end that's very powerful, and I realized, the further in I got, that O'Farrell is building something epic here, kind of rare in modern fiction. I'd just finished Zadie Smith's new novel "Swing Time," which I disliked, and which uses a similar format (this kind of non-linear narrative style seems to be the rage right now). But Smith's novel can't hold a candle to this. Some reviewers have commented on the darkness in this book, but I have to say, it never got too dark for me. O'Farrell's pacing and humor kept it buoyant, she rolls you right... Read more
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