Home Stretch

Home Stretch


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In this “compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner” (Sunday Times), the New York Times bestselling writer and acclaimed television host explores the aftermath of a tragedy on a small-town to illuminate the shame and longing that can flow through generations—and how the secrets of the heart cannot stay buried forever.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, are involved in an accident. Three survive. Three are killed.

The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them ripple throughout the small town. Connor survived, but living among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as carrying the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he eventually makes a home—of sorts—for himself in New York, where he finds shelter and the possibility of forging a new life.

But the secrets—the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind—will not be silenced. Before long, Connor will have to confront his past.

A powerful and timely novel of emigration and return, Home Stretch demonstrates Norton’s keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy—and their devastating effect on ordinary lives.

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    Home Stretch Reviews

  • Paromjit

    With this, his third Irish contemporary novel, Graham Norton has established his reputation as a serious writer, one who casts his eye on the limitations, judgementalism and prejudices of small town I...

  • Beata

    I liked this book, however, it did not move me as much as the other two by Mr Norton. A terrible accident that has impact on the lives of those close to the victims. The truth that is revealed after d...

  • Dem

    SUR IT WAS GRAND ...... comes to mind on finishing this one. An Ok read but didn't have the wow factor for me. This is my second novel by Graham Norton and I enjoyed the setting of this one. A fi...

  • Ceecee

    3.5 starsA serious car crash occurs in the village of Mullinmore near Cork in 1987. On the eve of a wedding, three young people are tragically killed including the bride and groom. The driver, Connor ...

  • Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    Home Stretch is the third novel from BBC presenter Graham Norton and it’s an absolute triumph. I’ve previously read both Holding, his debut, and A Keeper and enjoyed both; finding A Keeper a stron...

  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Graham Norton is a wonderful storyteller..... yes it is that Graham Norton. His characters are so real that you feel everything that they feel. You feel as if you are living it with them. This was a h...

  • Louise Wilson

    Ireland 1987: A small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of it's inhabitants. As the friends head home the night before the wedding, there is a car accident. Thee survive the crash bu...

  • Adrian Dooley

    The story of a group of young friends in a small town in Cork Ireland. Set in the late 80s, the friends who are in their late teens/early 20s are involved in a car crash. Three of them lose their live...

  • Lisa

    4.5 stars rounded up because it's mainly brilliant!I am a huge fan of Graham Norton's writing - I've read all his books and his fiction is right up my street as it's very character focused.This book b...

  • Gary

    I really enjoy the writing of Graham Norton both his autobiographies and more recently his excellent novels. His writing is so good and I have read all three of his novels and can highly recommend the...