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The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually

(2020)
(The Dazzling Truth)
A novel by

 
 
One Irish family. Three decades. One dazzling story.

“A love letter to family and to the arts. Beautiful.”
—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones


In the courtyards of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1978, aspiring actress Maeve meets pottery student Murtagh Moone. As their relationship progresses, marriage and motherhood come in quick succession, but for Maeve, with the joy of children also comes the struggle to hold on to the truest parts of herself.

Decades later, on a small Irish island, the Moone family are poised for celebration but instead are struck by tragedy. Each family member must find solace in their own separate way, until one dazzling truth brings them back together. But as the Moone family confront the past, they also journey toward a future that none of them could have predicted. Except perhaps Maeve herself.

“A perfect combination of deeply felt tragedy with great hopefulness.”
—Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum


Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"So wonderful on the Irish family and the utter complexity of motherhood, family entanglement and love. I was full on weeping at the end." - Elaine Feeney

"I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character. It is just glorious. A close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love." - Emma Flint

"A superb second novel that goes to places you mightn't expect but which ultimately end up making a great deal of sense. It touches on a lot thematically and doesn't ever suggest that any one life path can be a cure for severe mental illness and it does some things that... are very pleasing indeed. I had a LOT OF FEELINGS." - Claire Hennessy

"A beautiful novel - Helen Cullen writes with such deft care and attention about the things that hold us together when everything falls apart." - Rónán Hession

"A powerful and poignant narrative told over a lifetime; exploring unconditional love, heartbreak and the beautiful flaws of human nature set within a family unit. (Cullen) is an astute and empathic writer and an incredible voice in Irish literature. You'll fall in love with the Moone family and they will linger in your heart long after you read the final pages." - Cat Hogan

"Beautifully-observed [...] charts a family across 37 years, living through a tragedy on a remote island; portraying mental health and the fall-out around it with enormous humanity and integrity. Tonally reminiscent of recent Colm Tóibín." - Caoilinn Hughes

"An extremely moving read. Handles the complexities of love, grief, family life and mental illness with sensitivity and depth. A truly gorgeous novel." - Ali Land

"A beautifully observed saga of abandoned dreams, loss and self-discovery. A fabulous creation." - Alan McMonagle

"A remarkable book." - Joy Rhoades

"Such a tender read. Astute and compassionate, it made me cry. It's full of love. And it's quietly magnificent." - Tor Udall

"A perfect combination of deeply-felt tragedy with great hopefulness." - Anne Youngson


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