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Breakdown: The humane Irish Bestseller about the dark side of modern motherhood

Cathy Sweeney

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Feminism & feminist theory, Gender studies: women, Separation & divorce

'Mothers are not supposed to go on road trips.'

A debut novel from the author of Modern Times, a short story collection adored by Graham Norton, Jenny Offill, Sinead Gleeson and Kevin Barry

From one of Ireland's most provocative and admired writers comes a story of rage and reckoning, joy and transformation, and one woman's decision to leave everything behind.

'Thrillingly relatable' HARPER'S BAZAAR

'A striking debut from a highly original writer' IRISH TIMES

'A vivid portrait of a woman adrift' OBSERVER

One winter morning on an ordinary day in contemporary Dublin, an ordinary middle-class woman wakes up in her ordinary suburban home. Her husband is next to her in bed, her teenage children sleeping nearby.

Without thinking much about it, she walks out the front door and never comes back.

She travels first by car, then train, then ferry. Along the way, she finds herself in service stations and shopping centres, hotel bars and hairdressers - and in the beds of strange men.

Finally, forty-eight hours later, alone in a cottage in Wales, the woman faces up to what she has been ignoring inside herself, her family, modern society: signs of breakdown.

'This funny, thoughtful novel will resonate with lots of women' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Riveting from the start' IRISH INDEPENDENT

'A gripping character study' DAILY MAIL

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Cathy Sweeney

Cathy Sweeney lives in Dublin. She studied at Trinity College and taught English at secondary level for many years before turning to writing. Her work has been published in various magazines and journals.

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