The new novel by the bestselling author of When All is Said
Jeanie Masterson has a gift: she can hear the last words of the dead.
Passed down from generation to generation, this gift means she is able to make wrongs right, to give voice to unspoken love and dying regrets. She and her father have worked happily alongside each other for years, but now he's unexpectedly announced that he wants to retire early and leave the business to her and her life is called into question.
Does she really want to be married to the embalmer, or does she want to be with her childhood sweetheart, off in London? Does she want to have children, and pass this gift on to them? And does she want to be stuck in this small town, or is there more of the world she wants to see - like the South of France, where she's discovered a woman who shares her gift?
Tied to her home by this unusual talent, she begins to question: what if what she's always thought of as a gift is a curse?
An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears.
[An] impressively confident debut - Guardian on WHEN ALL IS SAID
Griffin is a magical storyteller whose prose is effortless and clear. - Daily Mail on WHEN ALL IS SAID
A book to savour, and pass on. An absolute joy - Sunday Mirror on WHEN ALL IS SAID
Anne Griffin's first novel When All is Said was a Number One Irish bestseller in 2019 and chosen as the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year in the An Post Irish Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the John McGahern Annual Book and the RSL Christopher Bland prizes. She lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland.