Hood: A Novel (Paperback)

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Hood: A Novel (Paperback)



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I was prepared not to like this story of coming to terms with the untimely death of a lover but instead was utterly captivated. Donoghue’s prose is exquisite. She strikes just the right tone, balancing the grief with the memories of a passionate love. I was also intrigued by the way she handled the secrecy with which Pen & Cara conducted their lesbian relationship in Catholic Ireland. Take a break from Jeanette Winterson and try Emma Donoghue! - Kris

— From Kris' Reading List

From the New York Times bestselling author of Room, Hood is a tale of grief and lust, frustration and hilarity, death and family.

“Hood is thoroughly contemporary in how richly it depicts a beloved's death to review a couple's bumpy love history...This book's real pleasures lie in its intimate insights, its accurate characters and its sharp, rich observations... the greatest achievement of Hood is how it captures the domesticity of erotic passion” – Boston Globe

Penelope O’Grady and Cara Wall are risking disaster when, like teenagers in any intolerant time and place—here, a Dublin convent school in the late 1970s—they fall in love. Yet Cara, the free spirit, and Pen, the stoic, craft a bond so strong it seems as though nothing could sever it: not the bickering, not the secrets, not even Cara’s infidelities.

But thirteen years on, a car crash kills Cara and rips the lid off Pen’s world. Pen is still in the closet, teaching at her old school, living under the roof of Cara’s gentle father, who thinks of her as his daughter’s friend. How can she survive widowhood without even daring to claim the word? Over the course of one surreal week of bereavement, she is battered by memories that range from the humiliating, to the exalted, to the erotic, to the funny. It will take Pen all her intelligence and wit to sort through her tumultuous past with Cara, and all the nerve she can muster to start remaking her life.

Donoghue’s Hood is a masterfully crafted narrative of relationships and a daring, deft exploration of the love’s imperfection—and how it can nonetheless dominate our lives as we grow and change.

Born in Dublin in 1969, EMMA DONOGHUE is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Room sold more than two million copies and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), as well as being shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. Donoghue scripted the Canadian-Irish film adaptation, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Donoghue co-wrote the 2022 screen adaptation for Netflix. The Pull of the Stars was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Donoghue’s fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-FryHoodLandingTouchy Subjects, Akin) to the historical (Haven, SlammerkinThe Sealed LetterAstrayFrog Music) and includes two books for young readers, The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More or Less.

Product Details ISBN: 9780062117106
ISBN-10: 0062117106
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 11th, 2011
Pages: 336
Language: English

“Utterly charming. . . . Here again, Ms. Donoghue displays her confidence by avoiding the grandiose and the showy, and dipping into the ordinary with control and the occasional sustaining descriptive flashes of a born writer.” — New York Times Book Review

“A delicate and moving love story.” — Irish Times

“Emma Donoghue negotiates this territory deftly and with rather startling humor. . . . It is Pen’s winning sanity and avid eye for absurdity—in the Church and in the bedroom—that keep this confident, touching novel afloat.” — The Independent on Sunday

“[A] love story that well conveys the complexities and nuances of intimate relationships . . . stately and elegiac.” — Booklist