Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The News Where You Are

The News Where You Are
by Catherine O'Flynn
Paperback, 272 pages
Also available as an eBook and in hardcover

The News Where You Are is an English book, from the bestselling author of What Was Lost. Catherine O'Flynn is celebrated for her unique introspective look into her characters, her ability to show the deeply moving and utterly ridiculous at the same time.

The main character, Frank, is a local presenter for a news show - he introduces human interest stories to a flagging audience, peppered with odd and uncomfortable jokes, while his mind wanders.

He thinks about things that are no longer there, people who have come and gone, buildings that have been torn down and especially his old friend who was recently run down on a long stretch of road.

Subtle mystery threads through the novel, but it is best enjoyed for what it is: A sad, humorous, and lovely book that demonstrates the singular oddness of life, the sadness of existence, and the flashes of hope and joy that make it worth while.