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Instructions for a heatwave

Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan's newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home: Michael Franchis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0345804716 9780345804716
OCLC Number: 853244467
Description: 319 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Maggie O'Farrell.

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London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan's newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home: Michael Franchis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret.

In a story that stretches from New York's Upper West Side to a village on the coast of Ireland, Maggie O'Farrell reveals the fault lines over which we build our lives. Instructions for a Heatwave weaves an unforgettable narrative of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are.

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