This Must Be the Place: A novel

Category: Book
By (author): Maggie O'Farrell
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Humorous / General
  FICTION / Sagas
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: July 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in x 1.00in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex–film star-a woman of ferocious passions and exceptional wiles-given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.

He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off course, far away from Claudette and the remarkable home they have created together. 

Gripping and hilarious, full of deep wit and emotion, This Must Be the Place is the best novel yet from Maggie O'Farrell, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Costa Book Award for best novel. Crossing continents and time zones, O'Farrell gives voice to an unforgettable cast of characters, in an utterly transfixing book that stretches from film sets in Los Angeles to hotel suites in China to the streets of downtown Manhattan to a ramshackle farmhouse in rural Ireland. Vivid, sophisticated, impossible to put down, This Must Be the Place is above all a love story, an intimately drawn portrait of a long and wonderful marriage-the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart-and the choices we must make as we search for our places in the world.
Review Quote*"Maggie O'Farrell is a hugely gifted, sympathetic, and ambitious writer, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE will send this reader-and, I suspect, many others-racing to her backlist."
-Richard Russo, best-selling author of Everybody's Fool

"Inventing, moving, and hilarious.  I loved it." 

-Rachel Joyce, best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

"The scenario is glamourous, the writing is stylish, the globe-trotting almost dizzying, but there's a satisfying core of untampered feeling as well…juicy and cool, this could be O'Farrell's U.S. breakthrough book."  
-Kirkus Reviews, starred

Praise from the UK:
"Stylistically, narratively, emotionally, This Must Be the Place is a tour de force, a complex and nuanced story leaping effortlessly across multiple characters, continents and time frames….This Must Be The Place is a rare literary beast: both technically dazzling and deeply moving.  It has all the structural and temporal playfulness of a Kate Atkinson novel while retaining the hallmark of emotional intensity for which O'Farrell has become renowned.  It is her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK's most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers." 
-The Guardian

"Complex in scale, but carried off with dazzling grace. A rich, engrossing feast of a novel to lose yourself in."
-Sunday Mirror

"There is tragedy, but also sharp comedy, and O'Farrell, skillful as ever, plays with the novel form…rewarding and humane."
-Sunday Express

"Dazzling, her most accomplished book yet."
-The National

Beautifully executed…a graceful, insightful exploration of a relationship in all its wonders and woes."
-Mail on Sunday

"Her most ambitious novel to date, crisscrossing the Atlantic and three decades, and told from multiple perspectives, This Must Be the Place is one of the summer's most anticipated reads."
-Sunday Times

"A new Maggie O'Farrell book is always a cause for celebration, but her seventh is so brilliant you'll want to unfurl flags and put up bunting in her honor….wonderfully written and absolutely addicting."
-Psychologies Magazine
Biographical NoteMAGGIE O'FARRELL is the author of six previous novels, After You'd GoneMy Lover's LoverThe Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme LennoxThe Hand That First Held Mine, which won the Costa Book Award; and Instructions for a Heatwave, which was short-listed for the Costa Book Award. She lives in Edinburgh.