Orphan. When I noted that Jess Kidd begins her debut novel, Himself, with a stranger coming to town, I sensed that life in the town was about to be disrupted. Protagonist Mahony was left at an orphanage as a baby, and when he left Dublin for the village of Mulderrig, what he thought he knew about his mother, Orla Sweeney, begins to change. Kidd pairs Mahony with an interesting cast of collaborators, living and dead, who turn the village upside down in a search for understanding. I enjoyed the dark comedy and the finely told story that entertained me thoroughly from beginning to end.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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