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Hannah Kent does an amazing job of placing you right in the plot and setting of her books. I love that I could smell the scents and feel the dew as I read this book. Early Ireland--folklore, spirits, religion, healers—wow!! Is Nora’s grandson a changeling? Can he be healed? I’m flummoxed at the rituals and beliefs, along with the lack of support people had even amongst each other in the small villages. Beautiful and haunting!
Short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
One of Entertainment Weekly's "Must-Read" books for Fall
From the author of Burial Rites, "a literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller that takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy."-Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent's startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue a child from a superstitious community.
Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheal, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nora just as rumors begin to spread that Micheal is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways.
Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, THE GOOD PEOPLE is Hannah Kent's startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites
shows an author at the height of her powers.