Mr. Lynch's Holiday

Mr. Lynch's Holiday

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Retired bus driver and recent widower Dermot Lynch grabs his bags from the bus's dusty undercarriage and begins to climb the hill to his son's house. It is Dermot's first time in Spain and the first time he's been out of Birmingham in many years. When he finally arrives at the gates of the crumbling development, Dermot learns that Eamonn, only one of a handful of settlers in the half-finished ghost town of Lomaverde, has fallen prey to an alluring vision and is upside down in a dream that is slipping away. But Dermot finds something beautiful and nostalgic in Lomaverde's decline--something that is reminiscent of his childhood in Ireland. Soon he is the center of attention in the tiny group of expats where paranoid speculation, goat hunting, and drinking are just some of the ways to pass the days. As the happenings in Lomaverde take a strange turn, father and son slowly begin to peel back their pasts, and they uncover a shocking secret at the heart of this ad hoc community."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, ©2013
ISBN: 9780805091816
Branch Call Number: OFLYNN
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Lynch's holiday


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Apr 04, 2016

This is a lovely book about a retired, widowed, working class father visiting his Gen-X son in Spain, who has been subject to the 2008 economic crisis. One only wonders why the relationship between the two had become strained in the first place. It is gently humorous and so nice to read a book about normal people that is somewhat but not overly sentimental.

Dec 08, 2013

a wry commentary on family connections and how so often they talk past each other and assume too much, take it as truth instead of it being their own perception. Quietly sad but engaging and lightly drawn characters that still manage to convey depth and humanity toward each other-mostly.

ChristchurchLib Nov 18, 2013

"Newly retired and recently widowed, English bus driver Dermot Lynch has headed off on his very first international trip, to visit his son, Eammon, in beautiful Lomaverde, Spain. But Eammon's housing development is falling apart as Spain's economy crumbles, his girlfriend has fled back to England, and he himself is seriously depressed. The two men - never particularly close - haltingly navigate around each other, struggling to connect and provide support. A compassionate and understated tale, Mr. Lynch's Holiday is a "rare love story between a father and a son" (The Telegraph)." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter

A widowed retired bus driver goes to Spain to visit his son who turns out to be in a housing development that hasn’t been completed and a relationship that has hit the rocks. As well there is a sinister undertone to the development that is gradually revealed. An often funny and perceptive tale of Brits abroad, it’s her third novel and I’d really recommend her earlier two as well.

Oct 08, 2013

What a lovely and bitter sweet book! A widowed father visits his son who is also suffering through his own grief in a failed English community in Spain. The two recconnect in a suprising way for the both of them. There were a few sentences which absolutely floored me with their power and insight! Well worth a look.

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