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Finfarran Peninsula

The Library at the Edge of the World

A Novel

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In the bestselling tradition of Fannie Flagg and Jenny Colgan comes Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s U.S. debut about a local librarian who must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life in this touching, enchanting novel set on Ireland’s stunning West Coast.

As she drives her mobile library van between villages of Ireland’s West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her English barrister husband in bed with another woman. Or that she’s back in Lissbeg, the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother’s retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her a focus of gossip.

With her teenage daughter, Jazz, off traveling the world and her relationship with her own mother growing increasingly tense, Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a derelict cottage left to her by her great-aunt. But when the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library puts her personal plans in jeopardy, Hanna finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of the Finfarran Peninsula’s fragmented community. And she’s about to discover that the neighbors she’d always kept at a distance have come to mean more to her than she ever could have imagined.

Told with heart and abundant charm, The Library at the Edge of the World is a joyous story about the meaning of home and the importance of finding a place where you truly belong.

“Heart-warming . . . reminiscent of Maeve Binchy and Roisin Meaney.”—Irish Examiner

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Critical Praise

The Library at The Edge of the World is a delicious feast of a novel. Sink in and feel enveloped by the beautiful world of Felicity Hayes-McCoy.” —Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of Between Sisters and Secrets of a Happy Marriage

“A charming and heartwarming story.” —Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Cafe by the Sea

“Engaging...sparkling and joyous.” —Sunday Times (UK)

“‘Heart-warming…reminiscent of Maeve Binchy and Roisin Meaney” —Irish Examiner

“If you like reading a feel-good novel…then take a journey to the edge of the world” —Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“A feel-good novel for fans of Maeve Binchy.” —London Sunday Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062663726
  • ISBN 10: 0062663720
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 11/14/2017
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Cultural Heritage

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