The Good People

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From Hannah Kent, the bestselling author of "Burial Rites", comes "The Good People", set in nineteenth-century Ireland and based on newspaper reports and a court case from the time. 'A thoroughly engrossing entree into the macabre nature of a vanished society, its virtues and its follies and its lethal impulses' Thomas Keneally, author of "Schindler's Ark" (winner of the Booker Prize)
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ISBN-13: 9781447233350
ISBN-10: 1447233352
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: Main Market Ed.
Editura: Pan Macmillan

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Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, Burial Rites, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), the Guardian First Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In Australia it won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award, amongst others. Hannah is also the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings. The Good People is her second novel.


"Ms. Kent has a knack for conjuring the unsettledspirit world through deft stylistic flourishes...THE GOOD PEOPLE is farfrom a high-handed condemnation of superstitious belief. It makes the terrorsof the past feel palpable and imminent. It makes you reach for whatever goodluck charms you carry with you."—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"Rural pre-famine Ireland in all its beauty and desolation is alive onevery page of this exquisite novel...'The Good People' is a dramatic tale ofdesperation, set in a bleak time and place when no amount of protective ritualand belief - or goodness - can rescue people from their circumstances."—Katherine Weber, The New York Times Book Review
"Kent's suspenseful storytelling plunges readers intoearly 19th-century Ireland. She brings vivid life to the hardscrabblescenes...Although 'The Good People' is fiction, it faithfully represents the holdof ancient Celtic myths on generations of Irish."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Add Kent to the list of terrific Australian novelistswriting today. While Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) mines modernmarriage and mores for her page-turning mysteries, Kent (Burial Rites)goes back in time to find reality-based stories of women who pay theprice for challenging society's expectations. The Good People has greatcharacters, a setting that seeps intoyour bones and the always compelling tug between the spiritual and thesuperstitious."—USA Today (starred review)
"If Stevie Wonder is correct, when you believe inthings you don't understand, then you suffer. Kent's novel validates hisindictment of superstition."—Kirkus
"Kent skillfully depicts a world where anythingoutside the norm falls under suspicion, particularly women who are not underthe protection of a man."—Library Journal
Faith, folk-knowledge, and fear coalesce in remote 19th-centuryIreland in this second novel from Kent...Though rife with description, backstory,and a surfeit of gossip, the book's pervasive sense of foreboding and clearnarrative arcs keep the tale immersive. Kent leads the reader on a rocky,disquieting journey to the misty crossroads of Irish folk beliefs past andfuture.—Publisher's Weekly
"Kent brings her talent for writing dark and atmospheric historical fiction to this tale set in rural Ireland in 1825... Kent's immersive setting, benefiting from impressive historical research and the use of Gaelic vocabulary, features both a dramatically alive natural world and a believably fearsome supernatural one. Inspired by true events and exploring those places where reason, religion, and superstition cross paths, this will please lovers of haunting literary fiction. "—Booklist
"Kent has a terrific feel for the language of her setting..This is a serious and compelling novel about those in desperate circumstances cling to ritual as a bulwark against their own powerlessness."—The Guardian
"Taking its inspiration from newspaper reports of a real court case in County Kerry in 1826, THE GOOD PEOPLE is an even better novel than Burial Rites-a starkly realized tale of love, grief and misconceived beliefs."—The Sunday Times UK
"Kent has a wonderful talent for taking fragments of historical facts and breathing life into them through her fiction. She has matched her debut with another disturbing and haunting novel."—Sunday Herald
"The novel is thrillingly alive to the dynamic of poor, close-knit communities, where fear of the outsider trumps reason and compassion."—Metro
"An intricate, heartbreaking portrayal of three women and the conflict between religious belief and folklore."—Stylist
"An imaginative tour-de-force that recreates a way of perceiving the world with extraordinary vividness...With its exquisite prose, this harrowing, haunting narrative of love and suffering is sure to be a prize-winner."
Daily Mail
"Lyrical and unsettling, THE GOOD PEOPLE is a vivid account of the contradictions of life in rural Ireland in the 19th century. A literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller, Hannah Kent takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy. I am in awe of Kent's gifts as a storyteller."--Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

"THE GOOD PEOPLE is, like Burial Rites, a thoroughly engrossing entrée into the macabre nature of a vanished society, its virtues and its follies and its lethal impulses. THE GOOD PEOPLE takes us straight to a place utterly unexpected and believable, where amidst the earnest mayhem people impose on each other, there is no patronizing quaintness, but a compelling sense of the inevitability of solemn horrors."--Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's Ark and The Daughters of Mars

"Remarkable.... Kent displays an uncanny ability to immerse herself in an unfamiliar landscape and to give that landscape a life - a voice - that is utterly convincing.... A haunting novel, shrewdly conceived and beautifully written."--The Australian
"The Good People breathes life into the mythologies ofIrish folklore. It unfolds the story of two women desperate to reclaim whatlittle power they can over lives touched with hopelessness and despair in achanging time."—Shelf Awarness