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Home Stretch

(2020)
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In this “compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner” (Sunday Times), the New York Times bestselling writer and acclaimed television host explores the aftermath of a tragedy on a small-town to illuminate the shame and longing that can flow through generations—and how the secrets of the heart cannot stay be buried forever.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, are involved in an accident. Three survive. Three are killed.


The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them ripple throughout the small town. Connor survived, but living among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as carrying the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he eventually makes a home—of sorts—for himself in New York, where he finds shelter and the possibility of forging a new life.

But the secrets—the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind—will not be silenced. Before long, Connor will have to confront his past.

A powerful and timely novel of emigration and return, Home Stretch demonstrates Norton’s keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy—and their devastating effect on ordinary lives.



Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Graham Norton's examination of small-town Irish lives continues in his deeply moving third novel. He is a magnificent writer." - John Boyne

"Full of heart and humanity and I loved every single page. What a storyteller!" - Elizabeth Day

"[Graham Norton is a] king of the page turners... A total triumph." - Anne Griffin

"Graham Norton's new novel has me in floods... His gift for characterisation is positively Binchy-esque! Such nuance and warmth! It's GORGEOUS." - Marian Keyes

"Beautifully written. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy read. Utterly fantastic." - Liz Nugent


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