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This Magnificent Desolation Thomas O'Malley

This Magnificent Desolation By Thomas O'Malley

This Magnificent Desolation by Thomas O'Malley

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This Magnificent Desolation by Thomas O'Malley

Duncan's whole world is the orphanage where he lives. Aged ten, he is sure that his mother is dead until the day she turns up to claim him. Maggie Bright, a soprano who was once the talent of her generation, now sings in a run-down bar through a haze of whisky and regret. She often finishes up in the arms of Joshua McGreevey, a Vietnam vet who earns his living as part of a tunneling crew seventy feet beneath the Bay. Thrown into this adult world of mysterious suffering, Duncan finds comfort in an ancient radio - from which tumble the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home - and dreams of one day finding his father.

This Magnificent Desolation Reviews

A beautiful, floating novel. Thomas O'Malley writes with grace and style and bravery. There is not an ounce of cynicism here. While most of us remain earthbound, O'Malley allows us to believe that we can, at various times, go to an imaginative elsewhere. Even the desolation can have its own magnificence. O'Malley is a great talent, reminiscent of another fine Irish writer, Sebastian Barry * Colum McCann *
A beautifully structured work ... A moving and deeply affecting fiction which calls for engaged, even obsessive reading. It is a work of great artistic merit * Irish Examiner *
Marvellous ... A sensitive depiction of haunted and scarred characters * Lady *
There is more than a little of the Irish cadence evident in his lyrical and mellifluous prose * Sunday Herald *
This literary novel soars ... O'Malley writes shimmering, luminescent prose * Booklist *
Astonishing ... A novel so immersive that it blurs the line between its characters' lives and the life of the reader... One of the best novels you're likely to read this year * Star Tribune *

About Thomas O'Malley

Thomas O'Malley is the author of the novel In the Province of Saints, selected as one of the best books of 2005 by Booklist and the New York Public Library. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches at Dartmouth College. Raised in Ireland and England, O'Malley currently lives in the Boston area.

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This Magnificent Desolation by Thomas O'Malley
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