Mr. Flood's Last Resort
Washington Square Press
On Sale: March 12, 2019
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
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Literature and Fiction
From the award-winning author of Himself comes a
spellbinding and “magically entertaining read” (Good
Housekeeping, UK) about a lonely caregiver and a cranky
hoarder with a house full of secrets that “will appeal to
fans of Tana French and Sophie Hannah, as it charms and
unsettles in equal measure” (BookPage).
Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny
disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event
left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling
saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Other
than visiting her agoraphobic neighbor, Maud keeps to
herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble
existence—until she meets Mr. Flood.
Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant
of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been
waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an
old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the
madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if
she can help him get the house in order, he just might be
able to stay. So the unlikely pair begins to cooperate,
bonding over their shared love of Irish folktales and mutual
dislike of Mr. Flood’s overbearing son.
Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is “a rare delight”
(Cosmopolitan, UK) examining the space between sin
and sainthood, a novel that “perfectly balances tragedy with
dark comedy” in which “the dialogue crackles and every
detail enchants” (Shelf Awareness).
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