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Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
About The Book
This story begins with a funeral. One of three brothers is dead, mourned by his siblings. But which one? And how? And, most importantly: why?
William, Brian, and Luke are each born a year apart in a lower middle class Catholic family in 1960s Dublin. William, the eldest, rises to the top of the heap in the film industry as a successful movie producer. Luke, the baby of the family, surprises everyone by morphing into a worldwide pop star. Brian, the compliant middle son, is the eternal adult in the room: the helpful, steady one, the manager of finances and careers.
But none of them is actually quite what he seems. Wounded by childhood, they have betrayed one another in myriad ways, hiding behind little lies that have developed into full blown treachery. With an unnerving eye for the complexities of families, Nugent delves into the secret life of a deeply troubled household and provides stunning insights into the many forces that shape us from childhood.
This is quite a twisted and deep book; to show the reader the undercurrents of 3 brothers, how a difficult childhood marked them forever making them to distrust each other. This is not an easy read, it keeps the reader passing pages but taking deep breaths after some of the brother’s situations, and guessing what could have changed to make this brothers love instead of hate each other.
The story between the perspectives of the different characters are moving through time, to show the reader the real damage and hate between these characters and how everything started… Because the end is that one of them is dead, but did they really kill him or was it an accident?
Of course the reader will be the one guessing through all the story what really happened, but believe me, there’s so much involved in this story that you’ll not feel connected to any of them, they love hating each other and their competitiveness.
This is a book to read slowly, considering the story behind the story and not feeling overpowered with all the hatred feelings and emotions between the characters. I really hope that this is purely fiction and no family have these toxic feelings between them! I can only say that this is a must read book, it will keep you intrigued since the first moment, wanting to know more about the story and how everything ended so badly. Just one little note, the ending is really good, it will be worth the wait.
“Our Little Cruelties” is the book you should read this weekend, believe me! Ready?
About The Author
Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. Her three novels – Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait and Skin Deep have each been Number One bestsellers in Ireland and she has won four Irish Book Awards (two for Skin Deep). She lives in Dublin with her husband.