Home Stretch

Graham Norton. HarperVia, $28.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-311209-4
TV host Norton’s excellent third novel (after A Keeper) explores the aftermath of a tragedy as it plays out over decades. In 1987, a car accident outside a small Irish town leaves three dead the day before a wedding—including the bride and groom—and sends into a tailspin two young men who were also in the car when it crashed, Martin Coulter and Connor Hayes. Over the years, Martin and Connor deal with the repercussions of the accident and wrestle with guilt over the deaths in diametrically opposite ways. While Martin attempts to make amends, Connor buries the past and lies to those around him about his involvement. With surprising twists and touching moments, Norton explores the immense sense of loss that comes with being a survivor, and how nothing is ever truly forgotten for the families of those who died. While Martin and Connor settle into new lives in London and New York, a chance encounter and Martin’s entreaties to the families of those who died in the crash force Connor to confront his role in the accident. Norton delicately covers themes of abandonment, death, and loss with sophistication and thoughtful empathy: “time might be able to numb, it could distract, but it was incapable of truly fixing anything.” This gripping and compassionate outing is Norton’s best yet. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/29/2021
Release date: 06/22/2021
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-06-311211-7
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-06-311212-4
MP3 CD - 978-1-6650-9780-2
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