Thorndike Press


  • Roddy Doyle
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  • ISBN-10: 1432883917
  • ISBN-13: 9781432883911
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 444 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020

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A Booker Prize-Winning Author

One summer’s evening, two men meet up in a Dublin restaurant. Drinking pals back in their youth, their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. But Joe has a secret he needs to tell Davy, and Davy has a sorrow he wants to keep from Joe. Joe has left his wife and family for another woman, Jessica. Davy knows her too, or should — she was the girl of their dreams four decades earlier. As Joe’s story unfolds across Dublin — pint after pint, pub after pub — so too do the memories of what eventually drove Davy from Ireland. As the two friends try to reconcile their versions of the past, Love offers a comic yet moving portrait of the many forms love can take throughout our lives.


Customer Reviews

“This witty, satisfying novel about male friendship, aging, and guilt from Doyle dramatizes language’s inadequacies when it comes to affairs of the heart . . . [T]he two men are nothing if not good company. By closing time, Doyle has focused the novel’s rambling energy into an elegiac and sobering climax. This one is a winner.”

— Publishers Weekly

“[A] freewheeling tale of longtime mates Joe and Davy . . . As the two track back through the years of their marriages, a mixture of regret and melancholy permeates what’s both spoken and left unspoken. And, yet, at the end of this long night’s journey into day, we are buoyed against the sadness by what is finally a portrait of love in the face of life.”

— Booklist