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Straying ❰Read❯ ➭ Straying Author Molly McCloskey – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Alice, a young American, arrives in the West of Ireland with no plans and no strong attachments except to her beloved mother, who raised her on her own Alice falls in love with an Irishman, marries hi Alice, a young American, arrives in the West of Ireland with no plans and no strong attachments except to her beloved mother, who raised her on her own Alice falls in love with an Irishman, marries him, and settles down in a place whose customs she struggles to understand In the course of a single hot summer, she embarks on an affair that breaks her marriage and sets her life on a new courseYears later, after working in war zones around the world, and in the immediate aftermath of her mother s death, Alice finds herself back in Ireland and contemplating the forces that led her to put down roots and then tear them up again What drew her to her husband, and what pulled her away Was her husband strangely complicit in the affair Was she always under surveillance by friends and neighbours who knew than they let on.

    Hardcover Í Straying MOBI Ê a single hot summer, she embarks on an affair that breaks her marriage and sets her life on a new courseYears later, after working in war zones around the world, and in the immediate aftermath of her mother s death, Alice finds herself back in Ireland and contemplating the forces that led her to put down roots and then tear them up again What drew her to her husband, and what pulled her away Was her husband strangely complicit in the affair Was she always under surveillance by friends and neighbours who knew than they let on."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Straying
  • Molly McCloskey
  • 09 February 2018
  • 1501172468

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10 thoughts on “Straying

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    2.5 stars, generously rounded up because of the writing, the quiet, introspective style which almost always appeals to me From the beginning I wasn t sure how I felt about the characters and their lack of emotion and that contributed in large part to my not feeling any connection to them But there were these things that I liked about it the writing and the introspective quiet feel, the descriptions of the places I thought this might have been a love story a marriage, an affair, a broken 2.5 stars, generously rounded up because of the writing, the quiet, introspective style which almost always appeals to me From the beginning I wasn t sure how I felt about the characters and their lack of emotion and that contributed in large part to my not feeling any connection to them But there were these things that I liked about it the writing and the introspective quiet feel, the descriptions of the places I thought this might have been a love story a marriage, an affair, a broken marriage and the ending of an affair, but these were all without any passion that I could sense It wasabout a woman who didn t seem to have a handle on her life, and making spur of the moment decisions, trying to convince herself of their validity Alice , an America woman goes to Ireland on vacation meets a man, marries him , has an affair not a spoiler this is told in the first pages and the book description Years later after working as a writer in Somalia, Kosovo among other trouble spots in the world, she returns to Ireland and tells the story of her past I just didn t find it captivating, actually I was bored at times I was disappointed and not at all sure if there s anything memorable here A disappointing read in spite of the writing No emotion, no passion , no depth of feeling was conveyed in either of the relationships and perhaps there just wasn t any This was not a long book so I continued because the writing was good,so in the beginning and because it was a monthly buddy read with Diane and Esil I may have put it aside otherwise I received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through Edelweiss

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    2.5 Although this is a book of fantastic prose, elegant writing, I just never connected with this story.A very introspected read as Alice, our narrator is telling her story from the present, looking back on the decisions she made in the past The most interesting part of this story was the aid work she did in Kenya and other countries Leaving Oregon she comes to Ireland and meets her husband in Sligo The locations were interesting, the story not so much Alice in trying to come to terms with t 2.5 Although this is a book of fantastic prose, elegant writing, I just never connected with this story.A very introspected read as Alice, our narrator is telling her story from the present, looking back on the decisions she made in the past The most interesting part of this story was the aid work she did in Kenya and other countries Leaving Oregon she comes to Ireland and meets her husband in Sligo The locations were interesting, the story not so much Alice in trying to come to terms with the present and the decisions Alice and I never clicked, I found her self involved, rather selfish and found myself skimming, something that never bodes well I did enjoy the character who played her mother, wish the story would have beenabout her, but alas she was not the focus, though I believe she was the heart.Esil, Angela s and my buddy read for February The discussion and the fact that we all agreed on our opinions of this book, as well as the stellar writing, kept me reading

  3. Esil Esil says:

    I have loved many books that portray unlikeable protagonists, but I just couldn t get past my feelings towards Alice in Straying Alice is American and moves to Ireland in her early 20s She marries Eddie And then for no particular reason, she starts an affair with Cauley Later in life, she returns to Ireland and reflects on what happened with Eddie and Cauley My aversion to Alice is not motivated by a sense of offense at the fact she had an affair I m perfectly happy to read good fiction a I have loved many books that portray unlikeable protagonists, but I just couldn t get past my feelings towards Alice in Straying Alice is American and moves to Ireland in her early 20s She marries Eddie And then for no particular reason, she starts an affair with Cauley Later in life, she returns to Ireland and reflects on what happened with Eddie and Cauley My aversion to Alice is not motivated by a sense of offense at the fact she had an affair I m perfectly happy to read good fiction about pretty much anything But there s a coldness and a flatness to Alice that didn t really ring right and that left me feeling indifferent The story is written from the first person, and yet Alice describes her own actions as though she is an outside observer It s very distancing and ultimately not engaging Why even three stars McCloskey really knows how to use language, and there s no question this is well written I just wish I had enjoyed the characters and story .This was a monthly read with my reading buddies Angela and Diane, which as always made this a better experience despite my frustration with the book And thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy

  4. TL TL says:

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review All my opinions are my own Initially I entered the giveaway because the author was Irish and I m a sucker for that part of my heritage sheepish but also because the summary intrigued me I wondered how everything would be handled too, considering 3.5 stars Beautiful atmospheric writing with characters that felt real even if you didn t like what they did and a dream at the same time and a plot that, for me, went I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review All my opinions are my own Initially I entered the giveaway because the author was Irish and I m a sucker for that part of my heritage sheepish but also because the summary intrigued me I wondered how everything would be handled too, considering 3.5 stars Beautiful atmospheric writing with characters that felt real even if you didn t like what they did and a dream at the same time and a plot that, for me, went back and forth between interesting and so so.This book is a slow burn, it take its time to set the stage and let you get to know everyone and everything It almost reads like a journal Alice is writing in, reflecting on her life and how she got to where is and how all that affected her life before and after Bad grammar probably but too tired to care There is an air of nostalgia and haziness for some of the book It seemsclear headed at the end, when Alice view spoiler is leaving the house she is staying in for a new place hide spoiler She talks about everything with a detached sort of air, making it hard to connect at times with what was going on But it also makes sense the way the story is being told to us Alice doesn t expect us to sympathize with her in my opinion, she just wanted to get her story out there for herself, and maybe for her view spoiler mother since she never came clean about the affair hide spoiler Just my theory.There s no major tension or conflict, even with the affair going on Right away in the beginning, the stage is set and we re just along for the ride to see how everything pans out.It ends on a hopeful note, Alice feeling good about the future it seems and I got the sense of her closing the page mentally and physically on this part of her life Won t be for everyone, but overall a good read

  5. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    I m always looking for a new book that s slightly outside my comfort zone of fast paced, adventurous reads Sadly, Straying did not fit the bill It was just a little too slow for me, with a little too much of nothing happening I ve seen a few reviews call it introspective and I think that is the perfect description for this book Although I could not finish it, if slow, reflective books are your thing, then I would recommend this.

  6. Alison Hardtmann Alison Hardtmann says:

    Molly McCloskey is an American who spent decades living in Ireland Here she tells the story of an American woman who travels to Ireland and ends up staying Alice gets a temporary job tending bar in Sligo, a large town on the west coast, and ends up marrying a local and staying The novel goes back and forth through Alice s adult life, from her experiences as a young woman exploring a new place, to her marriage and it s demise, and her life afterward working for an NGO and traveling to various Molly McCloskey is an American who spent decades living in Ireland Here she tells the story of an American woman who travels to Ireland and ends up staying Alice gets a temporary job tending bar in Sligo, a large town on the west coast, and ends up marrying a local and staying The novel goes back and forth through Alice s adult life, from her experiences as a young woman exploring a new place, to her marriage and it s demise, and her life afterward working for an NGO and traveling to various places in distress The story itself is introspective Alice imploded her own marriage with an affair, an affair where she grew increasingly reckless, as though she wanted to get caught This is a lovely, small novel about a woman looking inward for the first time in middle age This isn t a book primarily about her infidelity the original, European title is When Light Is Like Water , but a look back at an entire life, of which the adultery formed a part and that Alice looked back on as a part of her life she struggles to understand Farinteresting were the snippets about her work for the Irish NGO, which sent her to places like Sri Lanka and Kosovo and Kenya This is a slender novel that packs a lot into it I m torn between thinking it was too short and lacked amplifying detail and thinking that it was wise of the author to leaveout than she put it McCloskey is a skilled writer, with an observant eye and I look forward to readingfrom her

  7. Hannah Emory Hannah Emory says:

    Molly McCloskey has created the story of a marriage, a nation, an affair that is so specific in its geography but has the capacity to connect to anyone who has felt displaced in a life of their own choosing and mistaken in their understanding of themselves Straying is full of small moments that kaleidoscope into huge movements of the heart its story is simple like a poem and its prose is like a saga I was pulled in completely.

  8. Karen Karen says:

    Barely 3 stars Sometimes beautiful, quiet, introspective, descriptive language just isn t enough for me The main characters show a lack of emotion and that me to have zero connection with any of them Alice, the protagonist, didn t seem to have any direction in life sort of ricochets from one event decision to the next The power of her mother s memories seem to be the most powerful and meaningful at least they were for me.

  9. Andrea Andrea says:

    4.5This book is a testament to the beauty of languagePowerfully descriptive

  10. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    This title is the first fictional work McCloskey has published in the US, but surely it cannot be the last This addictive novel came to me free and early, courtesy of Scribner and Net Galley in exchange for this honest review It becomes available to the public February 20, 2018 Alice has returned to Ireland As a young woman of 24, she had gone there intending to visit, gain some perspective about what to do with her life, and then return to Portland, Oregon, but instead she met Eddie and mar This title is the first fictional work McCloskey has published in the US, but surely it cannot be the last This addictive novel came to me free and early, courtesy of Scribner and Net Galley in exchange for this honest review It becomes available to the public February 20, 2018 Alice has returned to Ireland As a young woman of 24, she had gone there intending to visit, gain some perspective about what to do with her life, and then return to Portland, Oregon, but instead she met Eddie and married I was not sure how grown up love was supposed to feel Now she ismature and single again she returns to Ireland and in a deeply intimate, gently philosophical narrative, tells us about what happened, and about the affair with Cauley that was instrumental in ending her marriage Here I must confess that I have old fashioned ideas about cheating on a spouse If your marriage is solid, you should respect it and be faithful If your marriage is dying, get out before you start something new don t sneak around and tell lies If your marriage is troubled and you aren t sure what you want, address that first, but don t poison the well with a fling It s unethical and unfair Have some integrity, for goodness sake And so, why am I reading this novel, andto the point, why am I loving it It goes to show that a strong writer can make me want to read almost anything, whereas an indifferent one may start with a promising scenario that fizzles McCloskey pulls me in and doesn t let me go The cover art tells the reader right away that despite the title, this is not erotica Those looking for a novel that will make them breathe hard will have to find something else Straying gives us something far better, in my view I feel as if Alice is my dear friend I usually read several titles at once, drifting from one to another over the course of a day or evening But Alice interrupts my literary smorgasbord because in a way, I feel disloyal for reading anything else The narrative here, told in the first person, is so deeply personal that it s as if she is sitting across from me at a coffee shop or since we re in Ireland, in a pub perhaps , and she s spilling the beans, confessing everything that she did, and the consequences that followed She isn t beating herself up Anna Karenina style, nor is she proud of her mistakes rather, she is explaining what happened, what she s learned from it, and what she still wonders about It s not prose you can walk away from until it s over Those that love excellent fiction should buy this book and read it If you can get it cheap, do that if you have to pay full jacket price, do it anyway You don t want to miss this one

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