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"Who is unreliable? Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories too--of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of high school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432845285
Branch Call Number: DOYLE
Characteristics: 297 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Smile : a novel


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JCLChrisK May 14, 2018

This is a book that lingers long after it's done. The writing and story are such that it makes an impression from the start, then a reveal at the end gets the reader's brain churning it over again and again. That reveal recasts what has come before in a way that is both explanatory and ambiguous--things weren't what they seemed, but it's hard to be sure just how much different than related. Needless to say, it effectively shocks, and makes the social issues raised by the narrator's tale all the more painful. Relevant, moving, and powerful.

Apr 09, 2018

Doyle had me take a double-take with the twisted end. It made the story even darker - - - !spoiler!:
no, the protagonist didn’t escape the rapist catholic teachers. Sad. The whole story flips.

Apr 07, 2018

A middle-aged man comes to reflect on his secondary school education by Christian Brothers and what his life might have been had he not suffered this trauma.

Jan 12, 2018

Doyle always amazes me with his writing abilities and his empathetic way of getting into his characters' skin, and - this time - under yours! This is a short, suspenseful and very creepy book. (The brilliant cover, at least in the Canadian edition, reinforces that creepiness; it uses that paper which feels greasy and yucky to the touch.) If you prefer to think that life is all sunshine and lollipops, or you are offended by the F-word and the C-word, you might not like this. But if you want a good story written by one of the very best writers of our time, read this.

Dec 26, 2017

I discovered the ingredients to coddle and griddle cake a traditional Irish breakfast. Coddle has bacon, sausage, onions, potato, fresh parsley with broth baked for hours.

The book Smile is about the serious topic "rape".

Dec 25, 2017

Well crafted novel about a struggling writer, who in the present time, slowly conjures up a dark part of his past. I wanted to not like it but was compelled by the character and Doyle's slow reveal. Worth a read!

Nov 19, 2017



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Dec 20, 2017

Ambition was a decision, not a trait. Page 46, Smile

Dec 20, 2017

I was savaging kids who were getting younger than me by the month.

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Dec 25, 2017

p_snoop thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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