Listening Still
by Griffin, Anne






"From Anne Griffin, the bestselling author of When All is Said, comes Listening Still, a refreshing new novel about a young woman who can hear the dead-a talent which is both a gift and a curse. Jeanie Masterson has a gift: she can hear the recently dead and give voice to their final wishes and revelations. Inherited from her father, this gift has enabled the family undertakers to flourish in their small Irish town. Yet she has always been uneasy about censoring some of the dead's last messages to the living. Unsure, too, about the choice she made when she left school seventeen years ago: to stay or leave for a new life in London with her charismatic teenage sweetheart. So when Jeanie's parents unexpectedly announce their plan to retire, she is jolted out of her limbo. In this captivating successor to her much-lauded debut, When All Is Said, Anne Griffin portrays a young woman who is torn between duty, a comfortable marriage, a calling she both loves and hates and her last chance to break free. Listening Still is a heartachingly honest look at what we give up and what we gain when we choose to follow our heart"-





ANNE GRIFFIN's first novel When All Is Said was a People Magazine Book of the Week and an Indie Next Pick. In the U.K it was a #1 Irish Times bestseller and on the shortlists for the John McGahern Award for Literature, the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition. Anne's work has been featured in The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. Before becoming a writer, she had an eight-year career as a bookseller at Waterstones. She lives in Ireland with her husband and son.





Jeanie Masterson knew she'd one day take over the family business, Masterson Funeral Directors. She has a gift perfectly suited for the industry: she can speak to the dead. The dead don't always want to chat, and Jeanie can't speak to them for long, but she can always hear the last words of those on her embalming table. Jeanie gave up a tumultuous relationship with a boy who moved to London years ago, and built a stable life with her family in Kilcross, but officially accepting her new position means the door to a new life outside of Ireland is well and truly closed. When the London boy she let go returns to Kilcross, Jeanie's life is turned upside down. With shades of the TV show Pushing Daisies and Anna Hope's Expectation (2020), Griffin's (When All Is Said, 2019) novel sets the pull of the unknown against the comfort of home. With a twinge of the supernatural and a close-knit ensemble of supporting characters, Griffin charts a compelling journey of exploration, independence, and self-acceptance. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.





Jeanie Masterson knew she'd one day take over the family business, Masterson Funeral Directors. She has a gift perfectly suited for the industry: she can speak to the dead. The dead don't always want to chat, and Jeanie can't speak to them for long, but she can always hear the last words of those on her embalming table. Jeanie gave up a tumultuous relationship with a boy who moved to London years ago, and built a stable life with her family in Kilcross, but officially accepting her new position means the door to a new life outside of Ireland is well and truly closed. When the London boy she let go returns to Kilcross, Jeanie's life is turned upside down. With shades of the TV show Pushing Daisies and Anna Hope's Expectation (2020), Griffin's (When All Is Said, 2019) novel sets the pull of the unknown against the comfort of home. With a twinge of the supernatural and a close-knit ensemble of supporting characters, Griffin charts a compelling journey of exploration, independence, and self-acceptance. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.






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