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The Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland
The Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland
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Author: Delaney, Frank

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 17-01-2012

Details: Product Description In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of Kenmare. Ben is immediately captivated by her, and a powerful friendship is forged. But when Charles Miller, a handsome American military intelligence officer, arrives on the scene, Miss Begley looks to make a match for herself. Miller needs a favor, but it will be dangerous. Under the cover of their neutrality as Irish citizens, Miss Begley and Ben travel to London and effectively operate as spies. As they are drawn more deeply and painfully into the conflict, both discover the perils of neutrality—in both love and war. Steeped in colorful history, The Matchmaker of Kenmare is a lush and surprising novel, rich as myth, tense as a thriller, and, like all grand tales, harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and heartbreaking. Review “A moving tale of love, angst and Irish superstition.”—Associated Press  “With its memorable characters and variety of adventures, [Frank] Delaney’s brand of Irish fabulism is . . . a delight to read. [The Matchmaker of Kenmare] burnishes this veteran writer’s reputation as a consummate storyteller.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Engrossing . . . Delaney again unspools a fine yarn, while providing substantive insights into history and human nature.”—The Star-Ledger “Panoramic . . . Delaney spins an exciting yarn of romance and intrigue, and in Kate, he has created an indomitable, unforgettable character.”—Publishers Weekly “Irish storytelling at its best.”—Library Journal About the Author Frank Delaney is the author of the  New York Times bestselling novel  Ireland, as well as  The Last Storyteller, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and  Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Delaney died in 2017. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 9781400067848|excerpt Delaney: THE MATCHMAKER OF KENMARE 1 The Matchmaker of Kenmare taught me much of what I know. “If a giraffe isn’t weaned right,” she said once, “you’ll have to provide twenty gallons of fresh milk for it every day.” Another morning she told me, “If you’re going out in the rain, always butter your boots. It makes them waterproof.” She knew a terrific card trick, but she refused to teach it to me. “Big hands are for power,” she said, “not trickery.” At our very first meeting she asked, “How can you tell whether an egg is fresh?” If it doesn’t bounce when you drop it? In those days, I had a sardonic inner voice, my only defense mechanism. She said, “Put it in a pan of cold water with salt, and if the egg rises to the surface it’s bad.” You must have seen a lot of bad eggs, said my secret voice. I think I was afraid of her then. She went on, “If you’re hard-boiling an egg, a pinch of salt in the water will stop it cracking.” A pinch of salt, indeed. “If you ever want to catch a bird,” she said, “just sprinkle salt on its tail.” How useful. You just have to get close enough. “Not too much salt,” she added. Does it depend on the size of the bird? Could she hear what I was thinking? “But don’t do it,” she said, “with an ostrich. Ostriches hate salt.” Hoping to sound tactful, I asked, “Are there ostriches here in Kerry?” “Ah, use your imagination,” she said. “They’re around here all right. But you have to know where to look for them.” I nodded, in confusion more than agreement. “Do you have a strong imagination, Ben?” “I do,” I said, “but I’m not sure that I trust it.” “There are only two words,” she said, “in which I put my trust. Magic and Faith.” Some of her grip on me came from the confli

EAN: 9780812979749

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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