The library at the edge of the world

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

eAudio - 2017

As she drives her mobile-library van between the villages of Ireland's West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her English barrister husband in bed with another woman. Or that she's back in the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother's retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent... figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her the focus of gossip. But now that her teenage daughter is off traveling the world and her relationship with her own mother is growing increasingly tense, Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a derelict cottage left to her by her great-aunt. But then the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library puts her personal plans in jeopardy, and Hanna finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of her fragmented community. And she's about to discover that the neighbors she'd always kept at a distance have come to mean more to her than she ever could have imagined.

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Hayes-McCoy, Felicity. Finfarran.
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Online Access
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Published
[United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC 2017.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 43 min.)) : digital
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781520085234
1520085230
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Felicity Hayes-McCoy (author)
Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Emma Lowe (narrator)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Fleeing from a failed marriage, Hannah returns with her daughter to Hannah's hometown in rural Ireland. She swallows some of her pride, moves in with her mother, and uses her librarian degree to accept a job as the mobile-library van driver and branch manager. In a postponed effort to reclaim her life, she takes on the renovation project of a long-abandoned stone cottage inheritance. When her library job, project, and library users are threatened by impending change, she learns that she must work with and not against her community. A richly layered narration by Emma Lowe places the listener firmly on a wonderful (albeit fictional) part of the Irish coast. Secondary characters are fleshed out and hold their own in this cozy escape of a novel. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["An appealing novel that will delight Maeve Binchy fans. There are plenty of good discussion points about the nature of community for book clubs and thoughtful readers": LJ 9/1/17 review of the Harper hc.]—J. Sara Paulk, Houston Cty. P.L., Perry, GA Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As she drives her mobile-library van between the villages of Ireland's West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her English barrister husband in bed with another woman. Or that she's back in the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother's retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her the focus of gossip.But now that her teenage daughter is off traveling the world and her relationship with her own mother is growing increasingly tense, Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a derelict cottage left to her by her great-aunt. But then the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library puts her personal plans in jeopardy, and Hanna finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of her fragmented community.