The Trip of a Lifetime
Michael Joseph, 452 pages, €13.65
The Australian-born Dublin-based writer sets her latest novel in both her native and adopted lands.
At the book’s centre is 85-year-old Irish-born Lola Quinlan, who has long lived in one of Down Under’s great wine territories, the Clare Valley. A straighttalking, much-loved matriarch, Lola has lived a life with plenty of well-kept secrets.
When she decides to take her first trip back to Ireland in seven decades, accompanied by her granddaughter Bett and Bett’s teenage niece Ellen, Lola’s hidden past begins to emerge.
While the book is written in the upbeat style that McInerney’s admirers are used to, it also tackles sobering issues around grief and domestic violence.