A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

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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… (more)

Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


It’s a beautifully written and carefully constructed novel about a man that makes its points subtly but quite clearly.

A History of Loneliness highlights the dangers of allowing one institution to wield that much power over a society. Even today, Boyle reminds us, the church runs 90 percent of the schools. It’s a chilling thought.

A History of Loneliness is a haunting and heartfelt account, relaying the strong inner emotions of one’s life. It’s a surreal and beautiful journey through times that feel familiar yet fresh, but is also inexplicably sad in its handling of missed actions and painful reminiscing of realized mistakes.


Book Details  


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 03, 2015)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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