Drinking pals back in their Dublin days, Davy rarely sees Joe for a pint anymore – maybe one or two when Davy’s over from England to check in on his elderly father. But tonight, one pint will turn to three, and then five as Joe recounts a secret, leading the two men on a bender back to the haunts of their youth. Joe has left his wife and family for another woman, Jessica. Davy knows her too, or he should – she was the girl of their dreams all those years ago, the girl with the cello in George’s Pub. As Joe’s story unfolds across Dublin – pub after pub – so too do the memories of what eventually drove Davy from Ireland: his first meeting with Faye, the woman that would become his wife; his father’s sombre disapproval; the pained spaces left behind when a parent dies.
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‘A profound examination of friendship, romantic confusion and mortality’ John Boyne
One summer’s evening, two men meet up in a Dublin restaurant.
Old friends, now married and with grown-up children, their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. But Joe has a secret he has to tell Davy, and Davy, a grief he wants to keep from Joe. Both are not the men they used to be.
Neither Davy nor Joe know what the night has in store, but as two pints turns to three, then five, and the men set out to revisit the haunts of their youth, the ghosts of Dublin entwine around them. Their first buoyant forays into adulthood, the pubs, the parties, broken hearts and bungled affairs, as well as the memories of what eventually drove them apart.
As the two friends try to reconcile their versions of the past over the course of one night, Love offers up a delightfully comic, yet moving portrait of the many forms love can take throughout our lives.
‘Roddy Doyle’s Love drew me in gently and moved me deeply as his old friends open up to each other over one long pub crawl’ Emma Donoghue, Observer, Best Books of 2020
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