The Thing About December

The Thing About December

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Following the deaths first of his father and then his mother, Johnsey inherits the family farm, and a healthy bank account, both of which he proves incapable of managing on his own. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Though companionship, and the promise of love, enter his life as a result of a hospital stay following a brutal beating, Johnsey remains a lonely man struggling to keep up with a world that moves faster than he does.Set over the course of one year of Johnsey Cunliffe's life, The Thing About December breathes with Johnsey's bewilderment, humor and agonizing self-doubt. Readers will fall in love with Johnsey in a bittersweet tale that serves as a poignant reminder that we are surrounded in life by simple souls who are nonetheless more insightful and wise than we realize, or can even imagine.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781586422295
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 28, 2016

This novel was written before the more awarded "The Spinning Heart" and is actually the better book. It tells the story of a young Irish man in 2001, "a bit of a gom", bullied by others and left alone after the deaths of his parents. His farm becomes valuable and he is pressured by the community to sell it and is befriended by two people motivated by greed. This is a portrait of a community torn apart by greed with tragic results.

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