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Tender
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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A searing novel about longing, intimacy and obsession from the award-winning author of Solace.When they meet in Dublin in the late nineties, Catherine and James become close as two friends can be. She is a sheltered college student, he an adventurous, charismatic young artist. In a city brimming with possibilities, he spurs her to take life on with gusto. But as Catherine opens herself to new experiences, James's life becomes a prison; as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to truly be himself. Catherine, grateful to James and worried for him, desperately wants to help--but as time moves on, and as life begins to take the friends in difference directions, she discovers that there is a perilously fine line between helping someone and hurting him further. When crisis hits, Catherine finds herself at the mercy of feelings she cannot control, leading her to jeopardize all she holds dear. By turns exhilarating and devastating, Tender is a dazzling exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell. It is the story of first love and lost innocence, of discovery and betrayal. A tense high-wire act with keen psychological insights, this daring novel confirms Belinda McKeon as a major voice in contemporary fiction, joining the ranks of the masterful Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright.
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EadieB
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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Day 8 - #TenderRomance #SoulSeptember

Tender is a dazzling exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell. It is the story of first love and lost innocence, of discovery and betrayal. A tense high-wire act with keen psychological insights, this daring novel confirms Belinda McKeon as a major voice in contemporary fiction, joining the ranks of the masterful Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright.

Eggs ❤️👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 5mo
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insanitysandwich
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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Struggling a bit with this one. I'm finding the characters hard to related to, and there are bits of late 90s Ireland that don't ring true to the experiences I had, which throws me a bit. I was tempted to abandon it but as I'm over half way through I'll keep going.

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Lauren.Archer
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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Ok...this blurb makes me a little nervous. Those books mentioned have never been what I enjoy reading.

Notafraidofwords I bailed on this book (about fifty pages in), but I wished I would have stuck to it. 4y
BookishFeminist Just grabbed this from the library today--that blurb gave me second thoughts too but the book looks good anyway. :) 4y
ej0728 @Notafraidofwords I too bailed because it was just too much. Everything was exaggerated and overwrought. I needed some levity and none was to be found! 4y
Notafraidofwords @ej0728 yeah, I think the reason the author did that was too show how unhealthy they were. 4y
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MollyWetta
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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A campus novel with unrequited love. My weekend is booked.

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MyBookStrings
Tender: A Novel | Belinda McKeon
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The cover blurb mentions both Brideshead Revisited and Enduring Love. Now I have high expectations!