Already a bestseller and critical hit in the UK and Ireland, Anne Griffin‘s WHEN ALL IS SAID will arrive in North American stores tomorrow! Published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, here’s the synopsis…
“I’m here to remember — all that I have been and all that I will never be again.”
If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual — though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.
Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories — of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice — the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.
Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.
Published in the UK and Ireland by Sceptre, the novel has been praised far and wide on this side of the Pond.
Here are just a few of the reviews the novel has received so far…
‘This is how you tell a story’ — Cecelia Ahern
‘Anne Griffin’s debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling – stunning!’ — Graham Norton
‘Beautiful. Intimate. Tearful. Aching and lyrical. So simply and beautifully told.’ — Louise Penny
‘A book to savour, and pass on. An absolute joy’ — Sunday Mirror
‘[An] impressively confident debut … Maurice Hannigan emerges as an engaging, compassionate creation’ — Guardian
‘Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off’ — Kit de Waal
‘Anne Griffin has fashioned a rare jewel’ — John Banville
‘It’s all beautifully done; a tale told in the plain but poetic prose of a man who recognises the tragic truths gleaned from a life of love and loss. A gem of a book.’ 5* — Sunday Express
‘An intimate character study… Griffin’s strength is in voice and in the rhythm of her prose, which is rich without being overwritten… a testament to Griffin’s talent that she paints such a complete portrait of a man whose contrariness disguises his stoicism. By the end of the novel his humanity is clear; he has made himself known.’ — Independent