Drinking pals back in their Dublin days, Davy rarely sees Joe for a pint anymore – maybe one or two when Davy’s over from England to check in on his elderly father. But tonight, one pint will turn to three, and then five as Joe recounts a secret, leading the two men on a bender back to the haunts of their youth. Joe has left his wife and family for another woman, Jessica. Davy knows her too, or he should – she was the girl of their dreams all those years ago, the girl with the cello in George’s Pub. As Joe’s story unfolds across Dublin – pub after pub – so too do the memories of what eventually drove Davy from Ireland: his first meeting with Faye, the woman that would become his wife; his father’s sombre disapproval; the pained spaces left behind when a parent dies.
‘A profound examination of friendship, romantic confusion and mortality’ John Boyne
One summer’s evening, two men meet up in a Dublin restaurant. Old friends, now married and with grown-up children, their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. But Joe has a secret he has to tell Davy, and Davy a grief he wants to keep from Joe. Both are not the men they used to be.
As two pints turns to three, then five, Davy and Joe set out to revisit the haunts of their youth. With the ghosts of Dublin entwining around them – the pubs, the parties, the broken hearts and bungled affairs – the men find themselves face-to-face with the realities of friendship.
|Dimensions||19.8 × 12.8 × 2.1 cm|
1st paperback ed
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