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A History of Loneliness

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history

Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good."
Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother.
But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family.
A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

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February 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-374-17133-5 / 978-0-374-17133-9 (USA edition)
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 0-85752-094-6 / 978-0-85752-094-4 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-250-09464-X / 978-1-250-09464-3 (USA edition)
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 0-552-77843-5 / 978-0-552-77843-5 (UK edition)
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February 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 0-385-68330-8 / 978-0-385-68330-2 (USA edition)
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-85752-095-4 / 978-0-85752-095-1 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 1-5012-2032-2 / 978-1-5012-2032-6 (USA edition)
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February 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 1-5012-2030-6 / 978-1-5012-2030-2 (USA edition)
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February 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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ISBN: 1-5012-2031-4 / 978-1-5012-2031-9 (USA edition)
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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Title: A History of Loneliness
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Title: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
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Title: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
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