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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alexandra, Gone by Anna McPartlin - Book Blog Tour

I was pleased to be asked to participate in the book blog tour promoting Irish author Anna McPartlin's new book, "Alexandra, Gone." This is a powerful novel about the friendship of three women, and how an intense search to find someone leads the three to find something inside themselves as well.

About The Book:

Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister’s art career, and looking after their volatile mother—all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.

Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra’s husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevator’s other passengers—Jane’s brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who’s ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn’t the only one among them who’s looking for something . . . or traveling toward unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.

In this insightful and irresistible novel, by turns profound, poignant, and laugh- out-loud funny, acclaimed Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a story of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves, and of the hope and strength that remain when we find the courage to leave the past behind at last.

My Thoughts:

I love books written by Irish authors, and I was not disappointed with Anna McPartlin’s “Alexandra, Gone.” I love how the story of the three women intertwined, and how their desire to help Tom find his missing wife brings out their talents and personalities in ways they might never had experienced had they not come together that fateful night in the nightclub elevator.

“Alexandra, Gone” is a powerful and emotional story, with sparks of levity and humor. I look for McPartlin to continue to become a popular voice in women’s literature in the years to come.

About The Author

Anna McPartlin, who was shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 Irish Book Awards, was formerly a stand-up comedian and a cabaret performer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Donal.

Other Books by Anna McPartlin:

Pack Up The Moon

Apart From The Crowd

As Sure As The Sun

I received a review copy of this book from Sarah Reidy of Simon and Schuster. I was not compensated for this review.


Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds a really interesting novel. I'll look out for it.

Clarence Carlyle said...


Nice post. Came to it while looking for reviews on the books that can be kept in our office library.

Being an avid reader, I think the world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts except books. In their world, there are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the heart of men centuries dead.