A story of unexpected, life-changing love, set in the autumn of 2008.
This is when it begins: Autumn, 2008.
This is where it begins: The coast of Dublin.
This is why it begins: Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon their newfound love will be tested in ways they never imagined possible.
This is how it ends. . .
Be warned. MacMahon subtly weaves her readers so tightly into her story that when she rolls out her shattering ending it's best to be alone. Stave off the tears if you can: I was a wreck - Sunday Times
When you have long forgotten many other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go away - Maeve Binchy, The Irish Times
An exceptional novel . . . It is truly a story for our time - Irish Independent
Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful . . . The twist in this tale is utterly unexpected and satisfyingly unpredictable . . . A bittersweet novel that will no doubt become a book-club darling - Sunday Independent
This is a love story like no other - Mirror
This is an outstanding debut novel which will linger long in your mind - Red Magazine
Sometimes you read a book that takes your breath away - this was the book . . . This Is How It Ends grabs you very gently at the beginning and urges you to continue, it wraps you up in its charm and leaves you bereft (in a good way). An emotional rollercoaster of two people thrown together, at a strange time in a less than ordinary way, I defy you not to be moved - Woman's Way
Throughout the book, the narrative remains both beautiful and understated - and is perhaps all the more dramatic for it - Fabulous Magazine
Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The granddaughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland for five consecutive weeks and spent nine weeks in the Top Ten bestseller list.