The Good People by Hannah KentThe Good People by Hannah Kent

The Good People

byHannah Kent

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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Short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
One ofEntertainment Weekly's "Must-Read" books for Fall
From the author ofBurial Rites, "a literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller that takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy."-Paula Hawkins, bestselling author ofThe Girl on the Train

Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent's startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue a child from a superstitious community.
Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheal, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nora just as rumors begin to spread that Micheal is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways.
Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, THE GOOD PEOPLE is Hannah Kent's startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up toBurial Ritesshows an author at the height of her powers.
Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel,Burial Rites, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), theGuardianFirst Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah is also the co-founder and publishing d...
Title:The Good PeopleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316243965

ISBN - 13:9780316243964

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little disappointed.. I'm sad to finally let this go. I loved Hannah Kent's first book, Burial Rites , so I thought I'd love this one, too. While I still love her writing, I just can't get through this book - either it's too slow and nothing is happening, or I'm in the wrong mood to read this kind of book. I may reread it someday, but right now, I can't pick it up anymore and it's been a struggle to sign it out from different libraries multiple times just because I can't seem to be able to finish it on time...
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Outstanding plot that will keep you entertained
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darkly Heart-wrenching I do enjoy a dark book, and this one definitely falls within that category. The story is set in 19th Century Ireland and is set on true events. In an isolated community where a physician's aid is difficult to come by, the people depend upon old wives tales, superstitions, and the help of a healer. Nora is the protagoist and when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly dies, she is left alone to raise their handicapped grandson. Unable to run the farm and take care of the invalid child, she hires the help of a young woman named Mary to care for the boy. At first Mary is shocked and struggles to find her comfort in her strange circumstances. Soon, however, her bond with the boy grows. Superstition abounds and Nora is convinced the boy is not her grandson but a changeling left by the mysterious, fairy, magical "good folk". With the help of the local healer, an old woman who practices with superstition and herbs, the three women set about to return the child to the good people and seek the return of the real boy. What transpires is a fascinating tale of misguided intentions, false beliefs, and heart-wrenching circumstances. At times, especially during the middle of the book, it felt almost too hard to believe, nearly fantastical, but then I recalled how this is a story based on an actual occurrence and I read on, unable to put it down. Vividly real, flawed characters grace every page. This is a wonderfully dark tale not for the feint of heart. To say it is heart-wrenching is an understatement. This is a great book for book clubs and for Halloween. It will provide hours of discussion! Highly recommended. I loved it very much!
Date published: 2017-09-27

Editorial Reviews

"The Good People breathes life into the mythologies ofIrish folklore. It unfolds the story of two women desperate to reclaim whatlittle power they can over lives touched with hopelessness and despair in achanging time."-Shelf Awarness