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Nothing But Blue Sky  by Kathleen MacMahon

Nothing But Blue Sky

Kathleen MacMahon

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2 reviews

Imprint: Penguin Ireland
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 30 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781844884759
4 stars out of 5
31 Jul 2020

"full of beautiful prose, powerful metaphors and astute observations"

A slight niggle throughout is that the narrator’s voice feels female, but perhaps this is because David becomes more empathetic and more sensitive after his wife’s death; a posthumous lesson in learning to be a little more like Mary Rose. As is so often the case with those who suffer profound grief, David develops a new empathy; life becomes more meaningful. Changes, even devastating and abrupt ones, invariably make people stronger and at the same time more vulnerable. Nothing But Blue Sky is an acutely observed portrait of a relationship and a story of survival, of endurance and ultimately of discovering that it is still possible to find some level of happiness in life after suffering.


5 stars out of 5
11 Jun 2020

"a beautifully written and powerful tale"

David may have belived he had the perfect marraige, but suddenly finding himself a widower after 20 years makes hum re-examine his relationship and who his wife Mary Rose really was. This is a beautifully written and powerful tale.