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I was given a review copy by the publishers after showing an interest I thought the premise of the book sounded interesting and it definitely lived up to my expectations.This is in a sense a coming of age novel, but it is also a retrospective We are introduced to the character of Elaine who has returned to her family home to care for her father, after the death of her mother We are made aware that Elaine hasn t been home for quite a while, and hasn t had much contact with them either because I was given a review copy by the publishers after showing an interest I thought the premise of the book sounded interesting and it definitely lived up to my expectations.This is in a sense a coming of age novel, but it is also a retrospective We are introduced to the character of Elaine who has returned to her family home to care for her father, after the death of her mother We are made aware that Elaine hasn t been home for quite a while, and hasn t had much contact with them either because of something that happened in the past Told through alternating past and present chapters, what happened in the past is slowly revealed, although it was left slightly open about what did happen and certain things were speculated but never directly answered, which I liked.Called The Lives of Women the author reflects on how a young girl perceived the role of women in her small community, and how they interact with men The men generally headed off to work each morning, whilst the women ledsecretive lives And the women had to keep secrets for fear of being shamed in society The arrival of an artistic American and hercausal attitude led to afternoon drinks parties, and growing sense of confidence, which I thought was to be dampened by the events later Overall this is a very enjoyable read Difficult to not give too much away and spoil the story for other readers Enjoy Ending a little abrupt for my taste, otherwise a very well constructed story that sheds light on what it meant to be a woman in Ireland in the times of the Magdalene laundries I really found this book very well written, the characters exceptionally real , and due to the nature of EBOOKS, couldn t go back to clarify a few clues , I needed to revisit, at the end Hopefully there will benovels from this accomplished writer. Elaine, dispatched in haste to New York in the wake of an unspecified scandal when she was sixteen, returns home to Ireland for the first, for her mother s funeral thirty years on The chapters alternate between then and now, and the story of her teenage years in the suburbs unfolds.Christine Dwyer Hickey shows as always, her gift for examining dysfunctional family life, missed chances, suppressed emotion, loveless marriages, pressure of keeping up appearances, lack of forgiveness and of course Elaine, dispatched in haste to New York in the wake of an unspecified scandal when she was sixteen, returns home to Ireland for the first, for her mother s funeral thirty years on The chapters alternate between then and now, and the story of her teenage years in the suburbs unfolds.Christine Dwyer Hickey shows as always, her gift for examining dysfunctional family life, missed chances, suppressed emotion, loveless marriages, pressure of keeping up appearances, lack of forgiveness and of course the demon drink This is not the darkest of her books, but the enchantment is in the suspense leading up to it, rather than the final reveal 3.5 stars A slow building novel where nothing much happens until the very end where we find out that so much had happened Lovely gentle writing It explores the female characters in great depth while drawing only sketches of the male characters who come and go It s about childhood friendships and the choices mistakes we make in childhood that mark us for life I m enjoying my run of Irish novelists. Christine Dwyer Hickey may possibly be Ireland s most under rated writer She s written seven novels I ve read the oh so brilliant but heart breaking Tatty and the inventive award winning The Cold Eye of Heaven as well as a short story collection and a newly published play The Lives of Women, her latest novel, is right up there with my favourite reads of the year so far It s the kind of book that hooks you right from the start and then keeps you on tenterhooks throughout I started readin Christine Dwyer Hickey may possibly be Ireland s most under rated writer She s written seven novels I ve read the oh so brilliant but heart breaking Tatty and the inventive award winning The Cold Eye of Heaven as well as a short story collection and a newly published play The Lives of Women, her latest novel, is right up there with my favourite reads of the year so far It s the kind of book that hooks you right from the start and then keeps you on tenterhooks throughout I started reading it on a Sunday morning and then had to make a difficult decision about whether to put it aside to finish my chores and planned errands or to stay indoors and finish it I chose the latter.When the book opens we meet Elaine Nicols, a woman in her late 40s, who has returned to her childhood home in suburban Ireland after a long exile in New York Her mother has recently died she missed the funeral, deliberately as it turns out and she needs to make sure her invalid and uncommunicative father and his ageing Alsatian are okay before returning to the States.One day, while airing the attic, she notices that the house backing on to her father s has been sold As its contents begin to pile up in the garden, she keeps thinking about something that happenedthan 30 years ago which continues to haunt her.The novel then swings backwards and forwards in time, building up a portrait of a dysfunctional family living in a hotbed of other dysfunctional families on a small suburban housing estate where everyone knows everyone else s business.There are constant hints that something tragic happened, which resulted in 16 year old Elaine being disowned by her parents and sent away to live on the other side of the Atlantic with next to no family contact But what we don t know is what caused such an extreme parental reaction, and it is this extraordinary build up of suspense that makes The Lives of Women such a page turner.To read the rest of my review, please visit my blog Thoroughly enjoyed this It s a dual narrative with chapters alternating between past and present, set in a stifling suburban cul de sac Both strands slowly edge towards revealing the tragedy that changed everyone s lives.I love this structure in a novel The writing is excellent and the characters well rounded and believable particularly the middle aged Elaine in the present. Despite the often elegant writing I found myself skip reading many pages, desperate for something to happen When it did, right towards the end, it left me with so many unanswered questions that I felt dissatisfied A read that for me didn t really fulfill its potential, I m afraid. (FREE PDF) × The Lives of Women ⚢ Following a long absence spent in New York, Elaine Nichols returns to her childhood home to live with her invalid father and his geriatric Alsatian dog The house backing on to theirs is sold and as she watches the old furniture being removed, she is taken back to a summer in thes when she was almost sixteen and this small out of town estate was an enclave for women and children while the men are mysterious shadows who leave every day for the outside worldThe women are isolated but keep their loneliness and frustrations hidden behind a veneer of suburban respectability When an American divorcee and her daughter move into the estate this veneer begins to crack The women learn how to socialise, how to drink martinis, how to care less about their wifely and maternal dutiesWhile the women are distracted, Elaine and her friends find their own entry into the adult world The result is a tragic event that will mark the rest of Elaine s life and be the cause of her long and guilt ridden exileInsightful and full of suspense, this is an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability A bit of a book where as I read it and as I finished it, I thought is that it That sounds harsh, and I don t think of this as a bad book, just underwhelming It s very well written and I easily set myself into the rhythm of reading it and found it easy to finish It s a true page turner, if only because its voice is so easy and smooth But the story and the characters were all lacking The story was about nothing, really which, actually, would have been totally fine because it wouldn t hav A bit of a book where as I read it and as I finished it, I thought is that it That sounds harsh, and I don t think of this as a bad book, just underwhelming It s very well written and I easily set myself into the rhythm of reading it and found it easy to finish It s a true page turner, if only because its voice is so easy and smooth But the story and the characters were all lacking The story was about nothing, really which, actually, would have been totally fine because it wouldn t have set up expectations around the BIG SECRET that you get literally in the last ten pages of the book Or, if the secret was something essential to the plot, I would have preferred it earlier to get a sense of why it mattered so much It was left largely unresolved and the fact that the book ends with THE END demonstrates that even the editor was like, ah, this isn t a strong ending so we should probably make that extra clear I also didn t really feel for any of the characters, except for maybe Elaine s parents, but there was such light glimpses of them I guess I just wanted the book to be bigger, because what is there is so promising and has such potential for beauty Ah well, maybe I ll check out her other books