Marian Keyes can usually be relied upon for a funny, moving story full of life-like, likeable characters. I was eager to read her latest novel, although somewhat daunted by the 600 odd pages! Here she takes us to an old, multi-storey house in Dublin that is the home of a variety of different characters. An unknown, magical narrator takes us through the house as we meet each tenant and discover what’s happening in their lives.
I’ve enjoyed Marian’s novels in the past. They often cover serious issues, yet she always has a light touch and leaves you smiling. Her multiple, interesting characters, alive with Irish humour, remind me of Maeve Binchy. In this novel I was also reminded of Alexander McCall Smith and his Scotland Street stories as well as Courduroy Mansions since we’re introduced to all the tenants of a single building and follow all their lives as the story unwinds.
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