Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tender by Belinda McKeon

If you are a fan of audiobooks read in an accent, and a great coming-of-age story, then Tender is the book for you. The narrator's Irish accent often lulled me, and I lost the place I was at in the audio. Perhaps because it was not my normal listening, I was not as engaged as some of my other audios, but the story is a good one. This book may have hit the mark more for me had it been in the physical form, but I'm not too sure. Books have to be hit in the right time in your life.Tender has been receiving lots of attention, and many have added this book on their "to-read" lists for Spring/Summer 2016. So read the synopsis and think about this audio for your summer list.

When they meet in Dublin in the late '90s, Catherine and James become close friends. She is a sheltered college student, he an adventurous, charismatic young artist. In a city brimming with possibilities, he spurs her to take life on with gusto. But as Catherine opens herself to new experiences, James' life becomes a prison, walled off by a truth he feels unable to share. When crisis hits, Catherine finds herself at the mercy of uncontrollable feelings, leading her to jeopardize everything.
By turns exhilarating and devastating, Tender is an exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and others. A high-wire act with psychological insights, this daring novel confirms McKeon as a major voice in Irish fiction, alongside the masterful Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright.
©2016 Belinda McKeon (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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