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*Starred Review* Recently widowed and newly retired from his job as a bus driver in Birmingham, England, Dermot Lynch sets out on his first overseas trip to see his son. Eammon has relocated to a remote new condo development in sunny Lomaverde, Spain, but what once seemed like paradise has fallen into disrepair in the wake of Spain’s crushing economic recession. Laura, Eammon’s longtime girlfriend, has fled back home to England, and Eammon, left to his own devices, seems headed for serious depression, sleeping until noon and barely mustering the energy to teach his online English class. As the once gleaming new development quietly molders, and the few remaining residents make awkward attempts to put a positive spin on their situation, Dermot and Eammon find a way to delicately maneuver around the fact of Laura’s looming absence, offering each other encouragement and commiseration in equal measure. In her third novel (after What Was Lost, 2008, and The News Where You Are, 2010), O’Flynn offers trenchant commentary on capitalism even as she balances the comic and tragic aspects of disillusionment. Overflowing with warmth and compassion as well as a sly humor, this skillful novel will appeal to fans of Richard Russo and Francine Prose. --Joanne Wilkinson

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Humor is [O'Flynn's] métier, and Mr. Lynch's Holiday is a charmer, smart and occasionally spooky... [A novel] about finding one's life, finding one's home, finding one's family. It's also about never fully knowing the people we love most. (Boston Globe)

There are few authors who could write in such perspicacious terms about the scarcely satisfied yearning of the British middle classes (Guernica Magazine)

Like O'Flynn's best creations, the more ordinary [Dermot] seems, the more extraordinary he's revealed to be. (Time Out New York)

One of those books that you start reading, look up at the corner of the page after a while, and realize you've just raced through half of it without knowing how exactly...O'Flynn weaves in and out of time so skillfully, making transitions between years feel natural; - an effect few novels can pull off so seamlessly... A book that flows and fits together well, yet still deep and complicated and with plenty of food for thought...Readers who find their way to it will be hooked from the first chapter. (Bustle)

Lovely…[A] father-and-son story that somehow manages to be as funny and warm as it is sly and unsentimental. (Christian Science Monitor's "10 best books of October")

A beautiful portrait of a relationship between father and son, infused with O'Flynn's clever ear for dialogue, and sophisticated questions surrounding memory, identity, and belonging. (Bookslut)

O'Flynn writes terrifically about disappointment and denial, skipping easily between the present and moments in Eamonn and Dermot's past that explain how they became who they are...Mr Lynch's Holiday excels in exploring the strangeness of being the outsider and the stories people tell themselves to survive. (Financial Times)

Brilliantly rendered... O'Flynn's tender portrait of an Irish emigrant of the hard-done-by, hard-working generation of the 60s and 70s - a "proper Paddy", as Dermot calls himself - balancing the books of his life with such generosity and intelligence, is a lovely thing. (The Guardian (UK))

O'Flynn offers trenchant commentary on capitalism even as she balances the comic and tragic aspects of disillusionment. Overflowing with warmth and compassion as well as a sly humor, this skillful novel will appeal to fans of Richard Russo and Francine Prose. (Booklist (Starred))

A simple story but, thanks to a balance of humour and pathos, a delightful one... A rare love story between a father and a son. (Telegraph (UK))

O'Flynn writes with brilliant wit and warmth about people cast adrift in contemporary wildernesses... (The Times (UK))

O'Flynn is good at mild comedy, humorously illustrating idiosyncrasies in her characters as Mark Haddon and Roddy Doyle do…O'Flynn is delightful (The Independent (UK))

Ms. O'Flynn is a remarkable and original writer...tenderness, warmth, thoughtfulness and comic genius are words that are flung around a lot, but it's more than that. She flinches at nothing. (Fay Weldon, Observer (UK))

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805091815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literary R&R on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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When Dermot decides to holiday at his son, Eamonn’s, neither he, or Eamonn can foretell the changes about to take place in their lives. Living in a state of depression, Eamonn is pining away for his love, who left to think things over, and Dermot, still adjusting to the death of his wife, is searching for a deeper connection to his son. The deserted, neglected community cause both to take a long look at the past as they grow into an awareness of themselves and each other.

I loved the idea of this book. The interpersonal look into a man and his grown son, awkward at interacting, yet both in need of each other. Using flashbacks from both perspectives, we see how the men have reached the point in their lives and how they learned to cope. The community’s neighbors throw in a bit of color to the narrative, although I didn’t quite feel how they added to the overall storyline.

I felt the nostalgia and longing within the pages, but wrestled with the back and forth of the time line, along with less than necessary additions. Some of the plot seemed superfluous, as it had nothing at all to do with the relationship of the two men. I finished the book with more questions than answers, but Dermot’s personality shined through as the saving grace of this story. I’d say, overall, it was enjoyable enough, but a little too hurried in the end.

*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sutton VINE VOICE on January 16, 2015
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This is my first reading of Ms. O'Flynn's work, and I found it an incredible blend of insight, and humor. It deals with several subjects that continue to confound us as we age. Feelings of being disconnected with our lives, feelings of having made terrible choices that we can't rise above, feelings of having lost our closest family members over time, inability to cope with actual loss. The author brings such a refreshing, reassuring viewpoint to the ageless mystery of fathers and sons, she held me spellbound. I often read passages aloud to my wife as some were the most clearly stated explanations for things we often prefer to ignore I have yet read.

She also has a very well-formed idea of some of the pitfalls of retirement getaways and expat villages in sunny climes. Having my own experience with an attempted relocation to a sunnier locale with "unfettered opportunity", I found her words answering questions I still hadn't confronted about my own ideas and mistakes. It's very hard not to heap so much blame upon yourself for having made really major mistakes, that you can have real trouble digging out the other side. Fortunately, if you settle down with this quick, absorbing read, you'll find the burden gets much lighter along the way. Thank you, Catherine O'Flynn for this wonderful book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen M on October 15, 2013
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It was easy for me to give this book four stars. Good writing tends to make me want to give four stars and it was very easy with this book.

Dermot Lynch travels to Spain to visit his only son. He's now retired and lost his wife who has passed on after a long slow death from cancer and he needs to connect with his son. Eamonn's relocated to Spain with Laura, his wife, but has also suffered a loss and it too was slow. Eamonn's wife has left him and left him more lost and confused than he was when she had had enough of his gloom and floundering in Spain.

These men both need each other. They need to be father and son.

Dermot's life is down to a routine in the home he and his wife shared and Spain is an adventure and his chance to reconnect with his son. For the first time Dermot travels abroad to Lomaverde on the coast of Spain and to an almost deserted housing development that is now in bankruptcy. The swimming pool has a crack and the water has drained away. Houses are completed but empty and others abandoned and only partially completed. The streets are silent with only a small number of occupants, people Eamonn is weary of and tends to avoid but Dermot is of a stronger character than Eamonn and he sees the other residents differently and begins to like this life that seems to terrify and confuse his son.

The characters are so well written you will find yourself happy for Dermot and liking him and wanting to give Eamonn a good shaking or even a smack on the back of the head but no need to feel sorry for him because he does such a good job doing that all by himself.

I highly recommend this novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2014
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Dermot Lynch, who has lived most of his adult life in Birmingham, England, and worked as a bus driver, takes a holiday to Spain to visit his son, who lives in a decrepit housing development that has never been finished. By the end of the book, he has spent two weeks with his son.

If you're looking for plot, you might want another book, because this is pretty much it. The book is more a character study than a plot-driven novel. Through Dermot's eyes, and the eyes of his son, Eamonn, we meet the other ex-pat residents of the decaying development. I'm always more interested in character than plot, so this focus was fine with me. There are a few plot twists at the end, but nothing that will make you gasp.

I would have given the book five stars if the son Eamonn, were a stronger character. He shares the limelight with Dermot in this novel, but he's a totally unsympathetic character. He is sinking into depression after his girlfriend has left him (no spoiler here) and spends most of his time in the dark of his bedroom writing pitiful e-mails to her, and only occasionally working. I don't have a lot of patience for such passive characters. I know many of them in real life, and they're no more interesting on the page than in person.

But the novel is enjoyable enough peopled as it is by the international mishmash of residents, and by Dermot himself. The author seems to have a better understanding of the older characters like Dermot, Inga, Jean and David. The younger characters seem to act out of character when the author needs them to, and Laura (the missing girlfriend) is more a cipher than a real person. If you do like passive characters, though, you might like Anita Desai's trio of novellas set in India, The Artist of Disappearance.
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