Tender

Tender

Book - 2015
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Catherine and James are as close as two friends could ever be. They meet in Dublin in the late 1990s, she a college student, he a fledgling artist - both recent arrivals from rural communities, coming of age in a city which is teeming - or so they are told - with new freedoms, new possibilities. Catherine has never met anyone quite like James. Talented, quick-witted, adventurous and charismatic, he helps Catherine to open her eyes, to take on life with more gusto than she has ever before known how to do. But while Catherine's horizons are expanding, James's own life is becoming a prison: as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to be himself. Catherine desperately wants to help, but as life begins to take the friends in different directions, she discovers that there is a perilously fine line between helping someone and hurting them further. And when crisis hits, Catherine must face difficult truths not just about her closest bond - but about herself..
Publisher: London :, Picador,, 2015
Description: 432 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780330529891
Branch Call Number: McKe

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uncommonreader
Jun 23, 2017

This is a novel about a straight woman who falls in love with a gay man in late 1990s Dublin. In some ways, the story could have been set several decades in the past. There are references to the Plath-Hughes relationship throughout, although it was difficult to understand what parallels were being drawn. It was difficult to become interested in the story, which was much too long and rather self-indulgent at 400 pages.

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laphampeak
Dec 30, 2016

This book is about deep affection that transcends boundaries and genders. It's not a heavily structured story so as a reader I had to somewhat float with the author in her telling the more ethereal quality of love and relationships. For that reason it seemed to lack highs and lows and could have been shortened. For it's quality of writing it's a worthy read.

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sandyc99
Nov 15, 2016

I found the choppy writing style incredibly distracting and painful to read. While the plot had potential, the language overwhelmed that interest.

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sharwhitt
Mar 18, 2016

Excellent book! 5 stars! Couldn't put it down.

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