Saturday May 30, 2020

EXTRACT: A moment of implosion

Irish writer Dermot Bolger’s new novel Tanglewood exhumes the moment when the Celtic Tiger quietly began to implode. On the surface, it’s the story of two Dublin couples who embark on a building project that impinges on both their homes, but the true

16th May, 2015
Dermot Bolger: the Irish author’s new novel, Tanglewood, is out now. Picture: Feargal Ward

The hardest thing in her childhood was the knowledge that she could do nothing right in her father’s eyes.

Alice knew that his detachment stemmed from the emotional impoverishment of his own upbringing. Based on the few references he’d ever made to his childhood, Alice sensed that her father had rarely heard an expression of affection or encouragement while growing up in Booterstown, in a house 200 yards from where Ireland’s first Minister...

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