The Great Wide Open

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - MORE | BOOKS - Hephz­ibah An­der­son

Dou­glas Kennedy Hutchin­son €15.99

All fam­i­lies are se­cret so­ci­eties, none more so than the Amer­i­can Burns clan. Their story is told from the per­spec­tive of daugh­ter Al­ice, who’ll even­tu­ally be­come a book ed­i­tor in Eight­ies New York, along the way sur­viv­ing tragedy in Ire­land dur­ing the Trou­bles and dis­cov­er­ing that her fa­ther and brother were in­volved in the coup that ousted Chile’s Pres­i­dent Al­lende. She’ll even meet a young Don­ald Trump. Kennedy’s pacy, emo­tion­ally shrewd fam­ily drama also de­picts huge shifts in US pol­i­tics, but Al­ice makes an oddly ab­sent cen­tre as she’s buf­feted along by the mu­sic of chance.

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