This Is How It Ends: A Novel

This Is How It Ends: A Novel

by Kathleen MacMahon


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This is when it begins

Fall, 2008.

This is where it begins

The coast of Dublin, Ireland.

This is why it begins

Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon a tragedy will test them-and their newfound love-in ways they never imagined possible.

This is how it ends . . .

A story you will never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455511310
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The granddaughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was published in 20 countries and was a #1 bestseller in Ireland.

What People are Saying About This

Catherine O'Flynn

I was moved by This Is How It Ends, a tender—but never sentimental—story of unlikely love. With great wit and humor, Kathleen MacMahon skillfully captures the nuances and complexities of relationships old and new.—Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are

Cecelia Ahern

This Is How It Ends is an unforgettable story of love and hope--a moving tale that touches the heart.--Cecelia Ahern, author of PS I Love You

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This Is How It Ends: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother unless you love Irish tragedy and a re-hashing of the fiscal crisis of 2008.
Peetie More than 1 year ago
The main characters, Addie and Della, extremely well developed....the story line is good and the ending while not a surprise, given the title, satisfactory. I recommend it
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous cover, awful title. I loved this book, but I have to say I was not impressed by the title - surely the whole reason for reading a book is to find out how it ends!? Having got that complaint out of the way, I found the book ran along at a good pace and the characters were believable. Bruno has just left the Lehman Building in New York, his stuff packed into a cardboard box. It is the beginning of 'The crash' and Obama is running for president. Bruno decides to fulfil his late father's greatest wish and return for a visit to relatives in Ireland. Addie, meanwhile, is nursing her elderly father, who has fallen and broken both wrists. She has moved into his house with her little dog and spends her time walking on the beach, swimming whatever the weather and designing swimming pools. Addie's father is very hesitant about meeting this American relative and so Addie tries to steer clear of him. Eventually Bruno becomes impossible to avoid and she actually discovers that she likes him. It is an improbable pairing, with very different backgrounds and an age difference of some 12 years, but the attraction is undeniable. Needless to say, not everything runs smoothly and the ending was a tear jerker, if a bit contrived. There are some lovely characters, including Addie's cranky old father and her sister and family of four girls. The little dog is a bit overplayed, but then I'm not a great dog lover. The wasn't a huge amount of depth to the story but I found it well written and entertaining, which is what I look for in a book. 4 1/2 stars.
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poochMF More than 1 year ago
I usually read books by Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, but something about the name ,said read me! Its a nice love story,was interesting because of the election coming up,plus if someone has ever done family line searching,this will be of interest to you. Quick reading.
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