The Good People
by Hannah Kent
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Nominated for the Walter Scott’s 2017 County of Kerry Award County, Ireland, 1825Nora, deprived after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and taking care of her young grandson Michael.Michael can’t talk and can’t walk and Nora is desperate to know what the problem is with him.What happened to the health, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive.Marie arrives in the valley to help Nora as well as the spreading whisper: stories of unexplained misfortunes, diseases, and rumors that Michel is a little child monster who brings the misfortune of the valley.Nance of knowledge keeps his shareThe new priest, she is a threat, but for the inhabitants of the valley, she is a traveler, a healer.Nance who knows how to use the plants and berries of the forest; she understands magic in ancient ways of doing things.And she might be able to help Michael.As these three women gathered in the hope of Micheal’s restoration, their world of folklore and beliefs, rituals and stories tightened around them.He’s going to lead them down a dangerous path, forcing them to question everything they’ve ever known.Based on real facts, in a lost world, bound by its own laws, The Good People is Hannah Kent is a surprising novel about absolute belief and devoted love.Terrifying, exciting and moving in equal measure, this long-awaited follow-up to the Funeral Rites shows an author at the height of his powers.
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