The Good People

By Hannah Kent
Read by Caroline Lennon

13.63 Hours 09/19/2017 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781619699809

  • ISBN: 9781478990925

From the author of Burial Rites comes this acclaimed novel of historical fiction. Based on true events in nineteenth-century Ireland, Hannah Kent’s startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue child from a superstitious community. Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheál, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nóra just as rumors begin to spread that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways. Set in a lost world bound by its own laws,The Good People is a startling novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

From the author of Burial Rites comes this acclaimed novel of historical fiction.

Based on true events in nineteenth-century Ireland, Hannah Kent’s startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue child from a superstitious community.

Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheál, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nóra just as rumors begin to spread that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways.

Set in a lost world bound by its own laws,The Good People is a startling novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[A] fascinating historical novel…The Good People has great characters, a setting that seeps into your bones and the always compelling tug between the spiritual and the superstitious. USA Today (3½ stars out of 4 stars)
“Kent’s suspenseful storytelling…brings vivid life to the hardscrabble scenes: dingy cabins and backbreaking work and the grim hiring fairs where poor children sell their labor to less poor people…Although The Good People is fiction, it faithfully represents the hold of ancient Celtic myths on generations of Irish. It also lays bare some hard truths about human nature.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The novel is thrillingly alive to the dynamic of poor, close-knit communities, where fear of the outsider trumps reason and compassion. Metro
Kent has a terrific feel for the language of her setting..This is a serious and compelling novel about those in desperate circumstances cling to ritual as a bulwark against their own powerlessness. The Guardian
An imaginative tour-de-force that recreates a way of perceiving the world with extraordinary vividness...With its exquisite prose, this harrowing, haunting narrative of love and suffering is sure to be a prize-winner. Daily Mail
Lyrical and unsettling, THE GOOD PEOPLE is a vivid account of the contradictions of life in rural Ireland in the 19th century. A literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller, Hannah Kent takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy. I am in awe of Kent's gifts as a storyteller. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
“A thoroughly engrossing entrée into the macabre nature of a vanished society, its virtues and its follies and its lethal impulses.” Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark
“Kent brings the ruggedly beautiful landscape of County Kerry to life with evocative, lyrical prose that transports readers into a world where superstition reigns above science.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent is a Melbourne-based writer who was born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, Burial Rites, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and was short-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She is also the cofounder and publishing director of an Australian literary journal.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English