A compelling, thought-provoking novel by bestselling author Emily Hourican about the power of one summer to change -- and maybe even ruin -- everything
'Insightful and astute writing ... Emily Hourican has a wonderful understanding of human nature' Louise O'Neill
'Anna does bad things, sometimes, but she always says she's sorry.'
It was the best summer of Anna's life. The summer she fell in love. The summer she found out who she was, and felt for the first time that she could have everything she ever wanted.
But she was wrong -- and has been keeping a painful secret ever since.
Now, fifteen years later, Anna is struggling to get through to her troubled daughter -- named Jessie in memory of Anna's best friend. While once they were close, now Jessie keeps her mother at a distance, her every word and action a mystery. Though, sometimes, Anna wonders if Jessie can see right through her.
And when her daughter starts to ask questions about the past, and her namesake, Anna realises that the truth is threatening to escape and tip the delicate balance of their lives forever.
Skilful, evocative and moving ... This is one of those books that stays with you after you've read it - Sinead Moriarty
Part psychological thriller, part literary family drama, part sun-soaked nostalgic noir and a must-read - Sunday Independent
Praise for Emily Hourican - :
[A] lively and entertaining saga of friendship, family and fate - Sunday Independent
[Hourican] has perfected the high-wire feat between lush description and keeping the plot shuttling along at a pleasing pace ... As with most great writing, The Privileged packs plenty of truth and social commentary beneath its story - Irish Independent
You won't be able to put it down - Stellar magazine
Vibrant characters, finely-observed social backdrops and universal themes of love, friendship and survival ... The Privileged is well-written, thoughtful commercial fiction that tells a compelling story ... A Circle of Friends for the 21st century - Irish Times
Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for ten years, as well as Image magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Woman and Home. She was also editor of The Dubliner Magazine.
Emily's first book, a memoir titled How To (Really) Be A Mother was published in 2013. She is also the author of novels The Privileged, White Villa and The Blamed.
She lives in Dublin with her family.