The Good People (audiobook)

13.6 hrs • 12 CDs • Unabridged
Fiction/Historical
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 09/19/17
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- 09/19/17 9781478990925
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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.

Review Quotes

"[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 GuardianTaking its inspiration from newspaper reports of a real court case in County Kerry in 1826, THE GOOD PEOPLE is an even better novel than Burial Rites-a starkly realized tale of love, grief and misconceived beliefs.Sunday Times UKKent has a wonderful talent for taking fragments of historical facts and breathing life into them through her fiction. She has matched her debut with another disturbing and haunting novel.Sunday HeraldAn 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 MailLyrical 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
Remarkable.... Kent displays an uncanny ability to immerse herself in an unfamiliar landscape and to give that landscape a life - a voice - that is utterly convincing.... A haunting novel, shrewdly conceived and beautifully written.The Australian
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